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Pope on 3 New Terrorist Attacks: Respond to Violence With Faith, Unity

Sends special message to leader of Coptic Church as bomb kills more than 2 dozen outside cathedral

There is a single force of violence sowing death and destruction and it must be met with a single force of faith and unity, says Pope Francis.

The Pope spoke of our response to violence today as, after the midday Angelus, he assured his prayers, and invited prayer, for victims of three “brutal terrorist attacks” that have happened in the last several hours.

— Egypt: A bomb outside St. Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo killed at least 25 people on Sunday morning;

— Somalia: A suicide bomber killed more than a dozen people in Mogadishu on Sunday morning;

— Turkey: A detonated vehicle and a suicide bomber killed at least 38 people outside a soccer stadium in Instanbul on Saturday evening.

“There are various places but unfortunately the violence that sows death and destruction is one and the same. And one and the same, too, is the response: faith in God and unity in human and social values,” the Pope said.

He sent a special greeting to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, “my dear brother Pope Tawadros II and his community,” assuring that he is “praying for the dead and the wounded.

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