Vatican City, May 13, 2018 / 05:20 am
After multiple bombings at churches in Indonesia left 11 dead dozens more injured, Pope Francis prayed for the repose of the souls of those who died and asked God to bring an end to hatred and violence.
"I am particularly close to the dear people of Indonesia, in a special way to the Christian communities of the city of Surabaya who have been strongly hit by the serious attack against places of worship," the pope said May 13.
He offered his prayer for the victims and their relatives, and asked pilgrims to pray with him for "the God of peace to stop these violent acts, and that in the heart of all may be found space not for hatred or violence, but for reconciliation and fraternity."
The pope's appeal came after 11 people were killed and at least 40 injured in three separate May 13 suicide bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, which took place at churches as worshipers were gathered for Sunday services.