âNeither hatred, nor violence, or death will have the last word,â said during the Mass which was attended by federal and local government officials, including the Military Commander of Navarre whose son was killed in the attacks..- Addressing the hundreds of faithful gathered in the Cathedral of Pamplona, Spain, to honor those who lost their lives in last weekâs terrorist attacks in Madrid, Archbishop Feranando SebastiÃ¡n of Pamplona and Tudela called on Spaniards to overcome suffering through their Christian faith.
200 candles were lit and placed in front of the altar, where the Archbishop prayed at the beginning of Mass for the eternal repose of those killed on March 11.
Archbishop SebastiÃ¡n honored âthe memory of those who died as a consequence of the horrible attacks,â and he expressed his âheartfelt affection and complete support for those wounded and for the family members of those who have endured and are continuing to endure their time of anguish.â
He also appealed to Christian faith to overcome the pain because it âtells us that neither hatred, nor violence, nor death will have the last worldâ âTherefore, overcoming the agony that will still feel in our hearts, we can look to the future with hope,â he added.
âIn addition to committing acts which were socially intolerable and completely unacceptable from a political perspective,â he said, âthey have committed a grave sin, raising themselves up to be the judges of good and evil and making themselves the arbitrators of life and death, destroying the lives of so many people and increasing the pain of so many families.â
The Archbishop called on the faithful to avoid giving into hatred, saying, âIf those who hate us drives us to hate them in return, they will have overcome us morally and will have achieved in accelerating and aggravating the conflicts and confrontations.â
Lastly, he prayed to God âfor the victims, dead and woundedâ and begged for âcomfort and strength for their families and friends.â âWe pray for the repentance and moral salvation of those who caused such pain, we pray for acceptance, strength, unity for the whole society, political leaders and public opinion.â