Rome Newsroom, Jan 21, 2021 / 08:15 am
Pope Francis said on Thursday that he was praying for the victims of two suicide bombings in Baghdad, which took place less than two months before his scheduled visit to Iraq.
At least 32 people died after two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests in a market near Tayaran Square in central Baghdad on the morning of Jan. 21. An estimated 100 other people were wounded.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Iraqi President Barham Salih expressing the pope's condolences.
"His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the bomb attacks on Tayaran Square in Baghdad this morning. In deploring this senseless act of brutality, he prays for the deceased victims and their families, for the injured and for the emergency personnel in attendance," states the telegram sent Jan. 21.