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Munich, Kabul attacks are call to pray for peace, pope says
July 26th, 2016
By Catholic News Service


VATICAN CITY -- While recent terror attacks in Germany and Afghanistan bring sorrow and death to the world, they are also a reminder for Christians to pray fervently for peace, Pope Francis said.

 

After reciting the Angelus prayer with thousands of visitors in St. Peter's Square July 24, the pope conveyed his sadness at "the tragic events in Munich, Germany, and in Kabul, Afghanistan, where many innocent people have lost their lives."

 

"To the extent that the difficulties seem more insurmountable and the prospects of security and peace seem more unclear, our prayer should be more insistent," he said.

 

On July 22, 18-year-old gunman David Ali Sonboly shot and killed 9 people and wounded 35 others before killing himself during a shooting spree at a shopping center in Munich. Investigators said that they could find no clear motive and no known links to terror organizations.

 

The following day, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives during a peaceful protest by a group of Shiite Muslims in Kabul, Afghanistan. A third bomber was killed by security forces before he could detonate his bomb. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack that claimed the lives of more than 80 people and left more than 240 wounded. The same day, a suicide bomber killed 21 people and wounded at least 35 others in an attack in a neighborhood of Baghdad. The Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for that attack.






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