Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the terror attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh last Friday night, and for the victims of terror attacks in Baghdad that took place late on Saturday.
The Dhaka attack on a popular restaurant in the diplomatic district of the capital claimed at least 20 lives – many of them foreigners – while the attack in Baghdad’s central – and very commercial – Karrada district claimed at least 83 lives, while a second attack on a predominantly Shia neighborhood of the capital around midnight killed five more people.
“I offer my closeness to the families of all the people killed and wounded in the attack that took place [early Saturday morning] in Dhaka, and in that, which took place [Saturday] in Baghdad,” said Pope Francis. “Let us pray together,” the Holy Father continued, “let us pray together for them – for all the dead – and let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of all those blinded by hatred.”
Pope Francis was addressing the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer. Immediately following his remarks, he led everyone present in reciting the Hail Mary.