Bystanders at the site following a bomb blast at the Italian Consulate in Cairo


Pope Sends Condolences for Attack on Italian Consulate in Cairo

Also Offers ‘Abundance of Divine Blessings’ on All Egyptian People

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Pope Francis has firmly condemned the terrorist attack early Saturday against the Italian Consulate in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. This sentiment was expressed in a telegram to the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fatteh Al Sisi, sent by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pontiff’s behalf, the same day.

According to BBC, militants of the ‘Islamic State’ have claimed responsibility for the car bomb explosion that severely damaged the Italian consulate in Cairo, killing at least one person and injuring several others. According to the nation’s health minister, policemen and civilians were among the injured. The explosion almost completely destroyed the building’s main entrance, shattering windows and flooding the building after water-pipes had ruptured.

The Pope’s telegram began by saying he learned of this terrorist act in Cairo with “great concern” and “raises his firm condemnation against such acts.”

It continued, saying, “The Pope calls on political and religious actors at all levels to work together to fight, with even more determination, the scourge of terrorism and to promote harmony and solidarity.”

The message concluded with the Holy Father expressing his deepest sympathy to all those affected by the indiscriminate violence, especially the affected families. It also assured the faithful of his prayers, offering consolation, and imploring “an abundance of divine blessings on all the Egyptian people.”


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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': or

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