Vatican City, Nov 1, 2017 / 05:17 am
After nearly 40 people were killed in terrorist attacks this week in Somalia, New York and Afghanistan, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for loss of innocent life, and prayed for an end to the "murderous" hatred that spurs violence.
During his Nov. 1 Angelus address on All Saints Day, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the various attacks, saying he is "deeply saddened" by the loss of life.
"In deploring these acts of violence, I pray for the deceased, for the wounded and for their families," he said, and prayed for the Lord to "convert the hearts of terrorists and free the world from hatred and the murderous folly that abuses the name of God so as to spread death."
On Oct. 29, five Islamic extremists stormed a hotel after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle filled with explosives at the entrance gate, killing some 23 people. The attack, which was claimed by Africa's most deadly Islamic extremist group, Al-Shabab, took place just two weeks after another deadly blast in Somalia killed 350 people, marking the country's worst-ever terrorist attack.