Madrid, Spain, Mar 16, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Addressing the hundreds of faithful gathered in the Cathedral of Pamplona, Spain, to honor those who lost their lives in last week’s terrorist attacks in Madrid, Archbishop Feranando Sebastián of Pamplona and Tudela called on Spaniards to overcome suffering through their Christian faith.
“Neither hatred, nor violence, or death will have the last word,” said during the Mass which was attended by federal and local government officials, including the Military Commander of Navarre whose son was killed in the attacks.
200 candles were lit and placed in front of the altar, where the Archbishop prayed at the beginning of Mass for the eternal repose of those killed on March 11.
Archbishop Sebastián honored “the memory of those who died as a consequence of the horrible attacks,” and he expressed his “heartfelt affection and complete support for those wounded and for the family members of those who have endured and are continuing to endure their time of anguish.”