Pope Condemns "Barbaric Attacks" in London

Sends a Message of Condolence Over Transit Bombings

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VATICAN CITY, JULY 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI relayed a message of spiritual solidarity to the victims of the transit bombings in London.

In a telegram sent to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, archbishop of Westminster, the Pope condemned «these barbaric acts against humanity.» Preliminary reports said the blasts killed 40 and injured 700.

The Holy Father recollected himself in prayer in his private chapel after receiving the news of the attacks.

«Deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in central London, the Holy Father offers fervent prayers for the victims and for all those who mourn,» read the telegram sent by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state.

«While he deplores these barbaric acts against humanity, he asks you to convey to the families of the injured his spiritual closeness at this time of grief,» the text stated.

The papal message concluded by invoking upon the people of Great Britain «the consolation that only God can give in such circumstances.»

Vatican sources said that the Holy Father interrupted his work when he heard the news and prayed for the victims in the chapel where he celebrates Mass every morning.

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