Pope Francis offered his condolences to the families and friends of the victims of a bomb blast on Sunday in central Istanbul, Turkey.
Pope Francis "sends condolences to the families and friends of those who have died, assuring the injured and those who mourn their loved ones of his spiritual closeness," the message read.
According to the reports, at least six people were killed and 81 wounded in an explosion that happened at 4:20 p.m. local time on Sunday in a shopping street in the Taksim district, Istanbul, Turkey.
Pope Francis showed his deep sadness in a telegram message signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and addressed to the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Marek Solczyński in Turkey on Tuesday.
The Pope prayed "that no act of violence will discourage the efforts of the people of Turkey to build a society based on the values of fraternity, justice, and peace."
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople also expressed "firm condemnation" of the attack. -With inputs from Vatican News
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