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Pope on Syria Attack: 'May God Convert Hearts of Those Sowing Death, Destruction'

At General Audience, Prays for Victims of Recent Terrorism

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Pope Francis is praying God convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction.
At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience, the Pope recalled the victims of terrorist attacks that took place in Syria on Monday, and exhorted «everyone to pray to the merciful Father, to pray to the Madonna, that [God] might give eternal rest to the victims, and consolation to their families.”
The Holy Father also prayed that God «might convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction.” Francis then invited those gathered to say the Hail Mary.
According to state media, in the cities of Jableh and Tartous on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, bombs killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in the cities, which, up to now, remained relatively untouched during this civil war now in its sixth year. Yesterday, in Syria, funerals for the victims began.

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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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