Pope Francis denounces 'cruel violence' in Sri Lanka

Colombo , AP | Updated : 21 April 2019, 04:44 PM
Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Pope Francis is denouncing the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka and is praying for all those who are suffering from the bloodshed. Francis added an appeal at the end of his traditional Easter Sunday blessing to address the massacre which killed more than 170 people.

Speaking from the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica, Francis said: "I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence."

He added: "I entrust to the Lord all those who were tragically killed and pray for the injured and all those who are suffering as a result of this dramatic event." 

First Published: Sunday, April 21, 2019 04:44 PM
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