Ismailia, Egypt, Nov 24, 2017 / 11:25 am
Terrorists attacked a mosque on Egypt's Sinai peninsula during Friday prayers, killing 235 people. The incident has been condemned by both Pope Francis and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US bishops' conference.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Nov. 24 attack on al-Rawda mosque in Bir al-Abed, located about 75 miles northeast of Ismailia.
The Holy See issued a statement indicating Pope Francis "was profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life" in the attack. "In expressing his solidarity with the Egyptian people … he commends the victims to the mercy of the Most High God and invokes divine blessings of consolation and peace upon their families."
"In renewing his firm condemnation of this wanton act of brutality directed at innocent civilians gathered in prayer, His Holiness joins all people of good will in imploring that hearts hardened by hatred will learn to renounce the way of violence that leads to such great suffering, and embrace the way of peace."