Pope condemns Brussels 'blind violence'

Frances implores God for 'gift of peace'

(see related) (ANSA) - Vatican City, March 22 - Pope Francis condemned Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels as "blind violence" in a telegram to the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Jozef De Kesel.
    "Having learned of the attacks in Brussels, affecting many people, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusts the deceased to God's mercy and joins in prayer in the suffering of their relatives," read the telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on the pope's behalf. "He expresses his deepest sympathy for the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to the rescue operations, asking the Lord to bring them comfort and consolation in their ordeal. "The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence which causes so much suffering, and imploring of God the gift of peace, he invokes for the bereaved families and the Belgian people the consolation of divine blessings".