Pope Reflects on Attack in Paris During Morning Mass in Santa Marta

Condemns Cruelty of the Terrorists, Prays God Changes Their Hearts

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Pope Francis has condemned the terrorist attacks that killed 12 people in Paris yesterday.

At this morning’s daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father decried, “The attack yesterday in Paris makes us think on so much cruelty – human cruelty – to so much terrorism, be it isolated terrorism, be it State-sponsored terrorism.”

“But what cruelty man is capable of!”

The Holy Father concluded, asking those gathered at the Mass to pray for the victims of the cruely, “So Many!” and saying, “And we also ask for those who are cruel so that the Lord may change their heart.”

The Holy Father also used his @Pontifex Twitter account to invite the faithful to pray for the victims. The Pope tweeted «#PrayersforParis,» which was retweeted by almost 5,000 followers in less than 2 hours. 

Two Islamic extremists armed with guns stormed the offices of «Charlie Hebdo» in Paris, opened fire, and murdered 12.

Sources believe the attack was in retaliation of the satirical magazine’s caricatures of the prophet Mohammad, which were printed three years ago.

Before the attacks, a cartoon of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been tweeted.

In addition to the Pope’s words in the homily, the Holy See and the bishops’ conference of France also released statements condemning the attack.  

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For the Holy See’s statement, go to: 


For the full text of the French Bishop’s Conference statement on the attack, go to: 


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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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