Hours after a series of terrorist attacks rocked London’s transit system during this morning’s rush hour commute, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster deploring the inhumane acts as “barbaric.”
The Holy Father’s message was sent by way of Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. The attacks are believed to coincide with this week’s G8 Summit, in which the leaders of the world’s 8 most powerful industrialized nations are meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland.
"Deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in central London”, the message to Cardinal O’Connor said, “the 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.