2016-07-24 12:07:00

Pope appeals for prayers for peace after terrorist attacks

(Vatican Radio) Following the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis once again called for prayer for goodness and fraternity in the wake of recent acts of terrorism and violence.

“At this time our soul is once again moved by sad news related to deplorable acts of terrorism and of violence, which have caused sorrow and death,” the Pope said. “I think of the dramatic events in Munich in Germany, and in Kabul in Afghanistan, where many innocent people lost their lives.” He assured the family and friends of the victims of his spiritual closeness to them.

The Holy Father also called on people to join him in prayer “that the Lord might inspire in everyone intentions of goodness and fraternity.” The more “difficulties might seem insurmountable, and prospects of security and peace seem obscure,” he said, “the more insistent must our prayer be.”

Finally, after a few moments of silent prayer, Pope Francis led those gathered in Saint Peter’s Square in the recitation of the Ave Maria.

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