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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Abhorrent Attack’ in Kabul

Sends Telegram of Condolences to Country’s Ambassador in Italy

Pope Francis has condemned the ‘abhorrent attack’ in Kabul.

In a telegram sent on his behalf by Vatican Secretary of State, the Pontiff did so, as he sent his condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the terrorist attack this morning in the Afghan city of Kabul.

During rush hour this morning, a massive explosion rocked a diplomatic area of the city, killing at least 80 and injuring 350.

“Having learned with sadness of the abhorrent attack in Kabul and of the many dead and seriously injured,” the telegram began, “Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt condolences to all affected by this brutal act of violence.”

“His Holiness commends the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty, and assures the people of Afghanistan of his continued prayers for peace,” it concluded.

Below is the Vatican-provided text of his message:

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Having learned with sadness of the abhorrent attack in Kabul and of the many dead and seriously injured, Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt condolences to all affected by this brutal act of violence. His Holiness commends the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty, and assures the people of Afghanistan of his continued prayers for peace.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

[Original text: English] [Vatican-provided text]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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