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Pope offers condolences to victims of the attack on the Pentecostal church in Congo

Sunday's bombing took place where worshipers were gathered for a service (Photo credit Vatican News)

Pope Francis offered his condolences to all the persons and families affected by the attack on the Pentecostal church in Democratic Republic  of Congo, in a telegram message on January 17.

Suspected terrorists attacked a Pentecostal church in the eastern city of Kasindi, on Sunday.

Hundreds of worshippers had assembled to celebrate the baptism of the community's new members. A bomb exploded in the church's courtyard, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 40 more.

The Pope was "saddened to learn of the attack on a Pentecostal church in Kasindi, which caused the death of innocent people."

The Holy Father prayed for the victims that "Christ, the Lord of life, that those affected might fight consolation and trust in God" and invoked the gift of peace upon them.

He offered compassion and closeness to all the families affected by the tragedy.

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin signed the telegram addressed to Rev. André Bokundoa-Bo-Likabe, President of the Congolese Church of Christ in Congo.

Pope Francis is preparing for the papal visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo from January 31 to February 3.

The Congolese army blamed ISIS's ally Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), for the assault. - With inputs from Vatican News


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