- Catholic News Agency - Sunday, October 11, 2015

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis expressed his condolences Sunday for those affected by attacks in Ankara during a protest over the weekend which has left at least 95 people dead.

Addressing the crowds in St. Peter’s Square following the Angelus Oct. 11, the Pope said he received the news of Saturday’s attacks “with great pain.”

“Pain for the many killed. Pain for the wounded. Pain because the perpetrators attacked unarmed persons who were protesting for peace.”

“While I pray for that beloved country, I ask the Lord to welcome the souls of the departed, and to comfort the suffering and (their) families.”

The Oct. 10 attack believed to have been perpetrated by two suicide bombers struck a group of pro-Kurdish demonstrators and labor activists who were holding a rally near the capital city’s main train station, three weeks ahead of an election, according to Reuters.

 

 

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