.- Hours after a series of terrorist attacks rocked Londonâs transit system during this morningâs rush hour commute, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to Cardinal Cormac Murphy OâConnor, Archbishop of Westminster deploring the inhumane acts as âbarbaric.â
The Holy Fatherâs message was sent by way of Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. The attacks are believed to coincide with this weekâs G8 Summit, in which the leaders of the worldâs 8 most powerful industrialized nations are meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland.
"Deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in central Londonâ, the message to Cardinal OâConnor said, âthe Holy Father offers fervent prayers for the victims and for all those who mourn. While he deplores these barbaric acts against humanity he asks you to convey to the families of the injured his spiritual closeness at this time of grief. Upon the people of Great Britain he invokes the consolation that only God can give in such circumstances."
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has reportedly left the G8 Summit to deal with the situation back in London.