Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pope: Siege of Church in Baghdad a "Savage" Act; "Hit Defenseless People Gathered in God's House"

A deadly militant siege of the Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad was a "savage" act of "absurd violence," Pope Benedict said.

The pope urged international and national authorities and all people of goodwill to work together to end the "heinous episodes of violence that continue to ravage the people of the Middle East," according to the Catholic News website.

The attack occurred October 31, 2010 with over 100 people gathered for Sunday Mass.

"I pray for the victims of the absurd violence, which is even more savage because it struck defenseless people, gathered in God's house, which is a house of love and reconciliation," Pope Benedict said, after praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on November 1 -- the feast of All Saints.

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