EGYPT: Pope Condemns Attack on Italian Consulate in Cairo

CAIRO, JULY 14, 2015 (CISA) – Pope Francis has condemned the terrorist attack that happened on July 11 against the Italian Consulate in Cairo.

In a telegram message to the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fatteh Al Sisi, sent by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pontiff’s behalf, he  called on political and religious actors at all levels to work together to fight, with more determination, the scourge of terrorism and to promote harmony and solidarity.

The Pope’s telegram began by saying he learned of this terrorist act in Cairo with “great concern” and “raised his firm condemnation against such acts,” Zenit news reported.

The message concluded with the Holy Father expressing his deepest sympathy to all those affected by the indiscriminate violence.

Pope Francis also assured the faithful of his prayers, offering consolation and imploring an abundance of divine blessings on all Egyptians.

Militants of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion that severely damaged the Italian consulate in Cairo, killing one person and injuring several others.

The explosion destroyed the building’s main entrance, shattering windows and flooding the building after water-pipes had ruptured.

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