Vatican City, Jun 29, 2016 / 03:30 am
During his Angelus address Wednesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday's deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.
"Dear brothers and sister, yesterday in Istanbul there was a heinous terror attack, which has killed and wounded many people. Let us pray for the victims, for their families and for the dear Turkish people," the Pope said June 29.
Late Tuesday night three suicide bombers blew themselves up in the entrance terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing 36 people and wounding more than 140 others, the BBC reports.
Ataturk airport is Europe's third largest in passenger traffic behind London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle. According to reports, the three men, dressed in black, drove into the entrance terminal by car and opened fire, blowing themselves up only after police began to fire back.