Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Thursday 15 April |
Saint of the Day: Bl. César de Bus
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Pope Francis Prays for Victims and Perpetrators of Paris Terrorist Attack

© Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Diane Montagna - published on 01/08/15

As he offers the Sacrifice of the Mass for the victims and their families

Pope Francis dedicated the first words of his homily this morning at Holy Mass to the victims of yesterday’s Islamic terrorist attack in Paris. His words this morning at Santa Marta come after the Holy See last evening issued a statement expressing the Pope’s forceful condemnation of the attack.

Here below we publish the full text of the statement released today by the Holy See Press Office.

***

Here are the words which the Holy Father Francis delivered this morning at the beginning of his homily, during the Holy Mass at Santa Marta, which he celebrated for the victims of the attack that took place yesterday in Paris at Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters:

"Yesterday’s terror attack in Paris makes us think of so much cruelty, human cruelty, of so much terrorism, both isolated incidents of terrorism and state sponsored terrorism. What great cruelty man is capable of! Let us pray at this Mass, for the victims of this cruelty. So many! And let us also pray for the perpetrators of this cruelty, that the Lord might grant them a change of heart."

Translation by Diane Montagna of Aleteia’s English edition.

Tags:
Islamist MilitantsPope Francis
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
2
SAINT FAUSTINA,CELL
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
St. Faustina’s coffee cup and lessons for Divine Mercy Sund...
3
HOLY SEPULCHRE CROSSES
Zelda Caldwell
Mystery of crosses on walls of Church of the Holy Sepulchre may h...
4
JESUS
Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
A simple test to see if you really believe Christ is risen
5
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
St. Padre Pio: His life, his miracles and his legacy
6
DIVINE MERCY
Aleteia
Here’s how to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at home
7
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.