The Pope sent a
telegram by way of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Holy See’s Secretary of
State, to Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, military ordinary for Italy.
wrote that "The Supreme Pontiff received with great sadness news of the
attack in Nassiriya in which three Italian members of the armed forces
and a Romanian colleague, generously contributing in a mission of
peace, lost their lives.”
The Pope, he
said, “expresses his firm condemnation of this new act of violence
which, together with other cruel acts perpetrated in Iraq, constitutes
yet another obstacle in the path toward harmony and reconstruction in
that tormented country."
Cardinal wrote that "His Holiness would like to express his profound
spiritual closeness to the families of the victims in the midst of a
grave sorrow which also effects the Italian and Romanian armed forces
and their respective national communities.
assured “his fervent prayers for the young lives cut short,” and
invoked “heavenly consolation for those who mourn this tragic loss and
he sends to all a special apostolic blessing, thinking in particular
about those wounded and those, both civilian and military, who are
dedicated to the arduous task of helping the people of Iraq, subjugated
to so many difficulties."
Benedict XVI has expressed his sadness and prayers for victims of an
insurgent attack Thursday in Nassiriya, Iraq, which killed three
Italians and one Romanian soldier. He said that the latest attack
constitutes yet another obstacle to the reconstruction of that