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Pope Mourns Victims of Church Shooting in Burkina Faso

Alessandro Gisotti Tweets Holy Father’s Prayers for Victims, Their Families, and All Country’s Christians

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Pope Francis is mourning the tragic Church shooting in Burkino Faso.
In a tweet by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti expressed Francis’ grief.
“The Holy Father,» it noted, «has learned with sorrow about the news of the attack on the church in Dablo, Burkina Faso. He prays for the victims, for their families and for the entire Christian community in the country.”
According to Vatican News, faithful leaving church at around 9 a.m., some 200 kilometers north of the capital, Ouagadougou, in the small town of Dablo, some 20 suspected jihadists on scooters encircled the church. The terrorists followed and killed Fr. Simeon Yampa, in charge of interreligious dialogue in his diocese, selected and shot five faithful, and burned the Church.
While about a quarter of Burkina Faso’s population is Christian, mostly Catholic, almost 60 percent is Muslim.

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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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