Pope calls attacks on Egypt ‘senseless’; calls on terrorists to renounce violence

Pope calls attacks on Egypt ‘senseless’; calls on terrorists to renounce violence

.- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI condemned Friday night’s terrorist attacks, which rocked the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh, calling the acts “senseless.“ A letter was sent in the Pope’s name to Egypt’s civil and ecclesiastical authorities by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. The bomb blasts-the latest in a frightening summer of bombings, killed at least 59 and left 116 injured.

In the telegram, Cardinal Sodano wrote that, "His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was deeply saddened to learn of the terrorist attacks at Sharm al-Sheikh in Egypt and he expresses heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.”

“In condemning such senseless acts,” he continued, “His Holiness appeals to all to renounce the way of violence which causes so much suffering to civilian populations, and instead to embrace the way of peace. Praying for the eternal repose of the dead he invokes upon all the afflicted the Almighty's blessings of comfort and strength."

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