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Papal messages condemn terrorist attacks in Turkey, Ivory Coast

March 14, 2016

Pope Francis has released statements condmening acts of terrorist violence in Turkey and in Ivory Coast.

In Turkey, an attack at a bus depot in Ankara on March 13 killed at least 34 people and left 100 injured. In his message-- relayed by telegraph by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State-- the Pontiff expressed his solidarity with the mourners, and decried "this heinous act of violence."

In Ivory Coast, an assault on a tourist resort in Grand Bassam killed 16 people, again leaving many others seriously hurt. The papal message, in a telegram to Bishop Raymond Ahoua of Grand Bassam, sent blessings to the victims and their families and "condemns violence and hatred in all its forms."

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