Pope Calls for Prayers for Terrorists' Victims in Pakistan, Yemen, Australia

Asks God to ‘Convert the Hearts of the Violent’ Who Do Not Stop Even Before Children

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At the end of today’s general audience, Pope Francis called for prayers for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts that have occurred in recent days in Yemen, Australia and Pakistan.

«Now, a moment of silence and then, with the Our Father, I would like to pray together with you for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts carried out in past days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen,» he said. «May the Lord receive the deceased in his peace, comfort their families and convert the hearts of the violent, who do not stop — not even before children. Let us sing the Our Father, asking for this grace.»

In Pakistan, Taliban attacked a school on Tuesday, opening fire on the children and killing more than 130 of them, as well as school officials and staff, for a death toll of 141.

In Yemen, two car bombs on Tuesday killed more than 30 people, at least 20 children.

In Australia on Monday, 17 hostages were held at a downtown cafe until police stormed the cafe and killed the hostage-taker Tuesday, some 16 hours after the siege began. Two of the hostages died in the course of the siege.


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Full Translation: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/final-2014-general-audience-address-on-jesus-choice-to-be-part-of-a-family

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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