Pope says he is pained by mur­der of in­no­cents in Mo­sul

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The pope says the cru­elty of the fight­ing in the Iraqi city of Mo­sul “makes us cry, leaves us with­out words.” Pope Fran­cis told some 50,000 faith­ful gath­ered yes­ter­day for the An­gelus bless­ing that he was “pained by the mur­der in cold blood of nu­mer­ous sons of this beloved land, among them many chil­dren.” He ex­pressed his close­ness to the peo­ple of Iraq “in these dramatic hours,” say­ing “our souls are shaken by the bru­tal acts of vi­o­lence that are be­ing com­mit­ted for too long against in­no­cent cit­i­zens, whether Mus­lims or Chris­tians.” Iraqi forces and their al­lies have launched a ma­jor of­fen­sive this week to re­take Mo­sul, the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest city, from the Is­lamic State group. The United Na­tions says more than 4,000 peo­ple have fled the area.

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