Angelus 30 August 2015


Decrying Pakistan, Iraq Attacks, Pope Appeals: 'May Hearts Hardened by Hatred Be Converted to Peace'

During Angelus Calls for Prayers for Those ‘Scourged by Cruel Terrorist Acts in Past Days’

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«May every heart hardened by hatred be converted to peace …»
Pope Francis urged faithful to pray for this after reciting the midday Angelus prayer with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
The Holy Father’s remarks came as he lamented: «I am thinking, in particular, of the beloved populations of Pakistan and of Iraq, scourged by cruel terrorist acts in past days.»
In Pakistan’s Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in Sindh province, a suicide attack Thursday, Feb. 16, claimed at least 75 lives and injured at least another 200 people, during the Sufi ritual of Dhamal, reported CNN.
Also last Thursday, in the south of Iraq’s capital of Baghdad, a car packed with explosives was blown up, claiming at least 55 lives and wounding dozens more, reported Aljazeera. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
«Let us pray for the victims, for the wounded and for their relatives.» the Pope prayed remembering the countries’ recent tragedies.
«Let us pray ardently that every heart hardened by hatred is converted to peace, in keeping with God’s will.»
The Holy Father then asked all gathered to join in him in a moment of silence and in praying a Hail Mary.
Pope Francis concluded wishing all those present in St. Peter’s Square a good Sunday, pointing out the lovely weather, a good lunch, and reminding them to pray for him.
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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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