Pope Francis prays for Turkey after deadly Istanbul bombing

Pope Francis has expressed his condolences for the victims of a deadly bombing on a busy pedestrian street in Istanbul on November 13.

Nov 25, 2022

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ROME:
Pope Francis has expressed his condolences for the victims of a deadly bombing on a busy pedestrian street in Istanbul on November 13.

The Vatican published a message on Nov 15 that expressed the Pope’s spiritual closeness to the injured and those who mourn the loss of their loved ones who died in the explosion in Turkey’s capital.

“His Holiness prays that no act of violence will discourage the efforts of the people of Türkiye to build a society based on the values of fraternity, justice and peace,” it said.

The explosion on Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, a popular shopping street, on Nov 13 killed six people and led around 80 others to be hospitalised, according to the Associated Press. Among the victims were two girls, ages 9 and 15. Funerals were held for the victims on Nov 14.

Turkish police have said that Ahlam Albashir, a Syrian woman with links to Kurdish militants, confessed to planting the bomb while in police custody. A total of 50 suspects have been apprehended in connection with the bombing.

The papal message was addressed to Archbishop Marek Solczy?ski, the apostolic nuncio in Turkey, and signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State. --CNA

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