John Paul II reiterates condemnation of “horrendous” attacks in Madrid

.- Pope John Paul II offered the Angelus Sunday for the country of Spain and reiterated his condemnation of the “horrendous” terrorist attacks last Thursday in Madrid that left 200 dead and over 1,400 injured. The Pope pointed out that the liturgy of this past Sunday “makes reference to two tragic events in history during the time of Jesus: the cruel repression of a revolt and the falling of the tower of Siloé on a large crowd.”  This “makes us think of our own days, disgracefully characterized by repeated news of violence and death.”

Likewise, he recalled that during the previous Sunday’s liturgy he had commented on the armed conflicts and “terrorist attacks which are bloodying various parts of the world.”

“Last Thursday the dramatic attacks in Madrid took place, taking the lives of 200 victims and leaving more than 1,000 wounded.  The horrendous crime has stirred up international public opinion.  In the face of such barbarity, one is left profoundly disturbed, and we wonder how it is possible that the human spirit can conceive such appalling felonies,” the Pope said.

The Holy Father reiterated his “absolute condemnation of such unjustifiable acts,” his participation “in the pain of the families of the victims” and his closeness “in prayer to the wounded and their loved ones.”

Moreover he praised the outpouring of solidarity both in Spain and around the world.  “The witness of solidarity that sprung up all over Spain last Friday has echoed throughout the world, with the participation of political leaders from all over Europe,” he said.

In this sense, the Pope underscored that “based upon the unified contribution of all the healthy forces of the continent, it is possible to look forward with confidence and to hope for a better future.”

 “In particular those who believe in God, Creator and Father, should feel committed to working for the building of a more unified and fraternal world, despite the difficulties and obstacles which may be encountered on this obligatory and undelayable road,” he pointed out.

The Pope entrusted to “the maternal hands of Maria, Virgin of mercy, in a particular way the victims of the terrible terrorist attack in Madrid.”  “We ask her to protect and watch over the beloved Spanish nation, Europe and the entire world,” he concluded.


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