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Pope condemns attacks in Nigeria

'Stop the hand of the violent', Benedict pleas

26 December, 12:21
Pope condemns attacks in Nigeria (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 26 - Pope Benedict on Monday condemned Christmas Day bomb attacks by Islamists in Nigeria that killed dozens of Christians.

Speaking at Angelus prayers, the pontiff voiced "deep sadness" at the attacks on the churches and appealed to authorities to "stop the hands of the violent ones".

"Violence," he said, "is a path that only leads to pain, destruction and death".

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