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Monday, November 16, 2015

Francis: abusing God's name to justify violence is blasphemy

Vatican City, 15 November 2015 (VIS) – Following today's Angelus prayer, the Holy Father again expressed his sadness at the terrorist attacks that caused bloodshed in Paris, France on Friday evening, claiming many victims. “I send my deepest condolences to the president of the French Republic and to all citizens. I am especially close to the families of those who lost their lives, and to the injured”.

“Such barbaric acts leave us shocked, and we wonder how the human heart can conceive and carry out such horrible events, which have shaken not only France but the whole world. Faced with these intolerable acts, one can not but condemn such an unspeakable affront to human dignity. I wish to reaffirm strongly that the path of violence and hatred does not solve the problems of humanity, and to abuse God's name to justify such a way is blasphemy!”, he exclaimed.

“I entrust the the innocent victims of this tragedy to God's mercy. May the Virgin Mary, Mother of mercy, inspire in us thoughts of wisdom and intentions of peace. We ask her to protect and watch over the beloved French nation, the first daughter of the Church, Europe and the whole world. Let us pray together in silence and then recite the Hail Mary”.

The Pope went on to mention that yesterday in Tres Pontas, in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Don Francisco de Paula Victor was proclaimed blessed. A Brazilian priest of African origin, the son of a slave, he was “generous and committed in catechesis and in administering the sacraments”, distinguished above all for his great humility. “May his extraordinary witness serve as a model for many priests, called to be humble servants of the people of God”.

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