Pope Francis said today (March 23, 2016) that he has been following the news of yesterday's terrorist attacks in Brussels with "an aching heart," the Independent Catholic News website reports.
At least 34 people were killed and hundreds have been injured in the attacks at Brussels airport and an underground metro station.
Addressing thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience today, Pope Francis assured the families of the victims and all of those injured -- as well as all the people of Belgium -- of his prayers and spiritual closeness.
"Once again I appeal to all people of goodwill to unite in the unanimous condemnation of these cruel abominations that are causing only death, terror and horror... I ask everyone to persevere in prayer and to ask the Lord in this Holy Week to comfort the hearts afflicted and convert the hearts of these people blinded by this cruel fundamentalism," the pope said.