Pope Deplores Paris Synagogue Bombing

Pope John Paul II deplored the bombing of a Paris synagogue last Friday as an act “unworthy of man and even more of Christians.” His feeling was expressed in a telegram to Cardinal Francois Marty of Paris, sent on the Pontiff’s behalf by the Papal Secretary of State, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli.

The message stated: “The Holy Father shares your indignation and that of all the French before the act of terrorism directed against the Jews … joins in prayer for the innocent victims and wishes to express his words of solidarity and comfort to the relatives of the victims and to the wounded. Moreover, he expresses ardent hopes that similar acts of violence may be definitely banished as unworthy of man and even more of Christians.”

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