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Pope Condemns ‘Barbaric Attack’ in Tehran

Sending ‘Heartfelt Condolences’ in Telegram, Holy Father Assures People of Iran of His Prayers for Peace

PopeFrancis has condemned the ‘barbaric attack’ of ‘senseless’ and ‘grave’ violence in Tehran.

In a telegram, Pope Francis sent his ‘heartfelt condolences’ to the victims and loved ones of the terrorist attack on Wednesday, June 9, 2017 in the Iranian city.

On Wednesday, 17 civilians were killed and 43 wounded, when two terrorist attacks were simultaneously carried out by terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ against the Iranian Parliament building and the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini, both in Tehran, Iran.

This morning, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the telegram on the Pope’s behalf.

In the message, Pope Francis sends “his heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the barbaric attack in Tehran, and laments this senseless and grave act of violence.”

After expressing his sorrow for the victims and their families and commending the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty, Pope Francis assured the people of Iran of his prayers for peace.

Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Pope’s message:

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His Holiness Pope Francis sends his heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the barbaric attack in Tehran, and laments this senseless and grave act of violence. In expressing his sorrow for the victims and their families, His Holiness commends the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty, and he assures the people of Iran of his prayers for peace.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

[00894-EN.01] [Original text: English]
[Original text: English]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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