Pope marks All Saints Day with prayers for victims of terrorism

.- Leading a special recitation of the Angelus for the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, Pope John Paul II expressed his prayers “for all victims of terrorism” and for peace in the world.

From St. Peter’s Square, the Pope offered “special prayers for all the victims of terrorism.”

“I feel spiritually close to their families.  I pray the Lord will calm their suffering and I invoke Him for peace in the world,” the Pope added, calling as well for prayers “for those souls most in need of divine mercy.”

The Pope recalled that the communion of saints “is made plain to Christians when the pilgrim Church on earth raises its gaze to heaven and unites in exultation with the choir of those whom God has called to his glory.”

The Pope concluded his message with an invocation to Mary, “Queen of all Saints, that she may help us to faithfully follow Christ and reach the glory of Heaven.”

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