Rome, Italy, May 4, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram to Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa of Mosul in Iraq this week expressing condolences for the deaths of four Christians who were killed by explosions over the weekend.
Police are calling the blasts, which also left 171 injured, attacks on the Christina minority of the country.
The incident took place on Sunday when a car bomb and a roadside bomb exploded as a bus passed, filled with residents from Hamdaniya, located about 25 miles east of Mosul.
The Pope’s telegram was signed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State.