Vatican City, Oct 29, 2020 / 06:00 am
After three people were killed in a terrorist attack in a basilica in Nice, France, on Thursday, a Vatican spokesman condemned the violence and said that Pope Francis was praying for the victims and those who mourn them.
Pope Francis “is informed of the situation and is close to the Catholic community in mourning,” Matteo Bruni said Oct. 29.
According to the Holy See press office director, “it is a time of pain, in a time of confusion. Terrorism and violence can never be accepted.”
An attacker killed three people at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice at around 9 a.m. local time, according to French media.
“Today’s attack sowed death in a place of love and consolation, as the house of the Lord,” Bruni’s statement continued.
Pope Francis “is praying for the victims and their loved ones, for the violence to cease, for people to look at each other again as brothers and sisters and not as enemies, so that the beloved French people, united, can respond to evil with good,” he said.
Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, said the perpetrator of the attack, who was armed with a knife, was shot and arrested by the municipal police.
He also said in a video posted to Twitter that the attacker repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” during and after the attack.