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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

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.

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 four 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': or

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