Pakistan terror attack: Pope Francis demands protection for Christians

The pope called the Sunday evening attack in a busy park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, "a vile and senseless crime".

By: Reuters | Vatican City | Updated: March 28, 2016 4:03 pm
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Pope Francis on Monday condemned the Easter suicide bomb by Islamist militants that killed at least 70 people in Pakistan, many of them Christians, as ‘hideous’ and demanded that the country’s authorities protect religious minorities.

Addressing thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square on Easter Monday, a religious holiday, the pope said Pakistan had been “bloodied by a hideous attack that massacred so many innocent people, mostly families of the Christian minority”.

The pope, speaking from the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace to crowds in the square below, called the Sunday evening attack in a busy park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, “a vile and senseless crime”.

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“I appeal to civil authorities and all sectors of that nation to make every effort to restore security and serenity to the population, and in particular to the most vulnerable religious minorities,” he said.

Pope Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, said he also prayed that God would “stop the hands of the violent ones who sow terror and death”.

A breakaway Taliban militant group that once declared loyalty to Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast.

Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state though it has a Christian population of more than 2 million.

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  1. X
    Mar 29, 2016 at 2:47 am
    A stupid article dividing people! First terror is not related to any religion, it's sponsored by megalomaniacs and caused by victims (actually fools), so, stop dividing people for "own" fame purposes and let the humanity grow. This is the only solution and, sooner or later we all will second this thought! Please evolve for ourselves :)
    1. V
      Mar 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm
      Protection of Humanity???
      1. Vishwanath Lingayat
        Mar 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm
        It is shocking to read Pope asking Protection to Christians only ? He should be saying Protection to all leaving being from this Mad fanatics killing , does it mean that he wouldn't have bothered if other community people had died in terrorist act ? Why we make religion based statements ? Crime is a crime and should be Punished irrespective of against which community and cast it is committed .