To the president of the French Republic and to all its citizens, I extend an expression of my fraternal condolences,” said the pope. “I am close in particular to the families of all those that have lost their lives, and the wounded.”
“Such barbarity leaves us bewildered and makes us ask ourselves how the heart of man can think of and realize such horrible events, that have shocked not only France but the whole world,” said Francis.
“In front of these acts, you cannot not condemn the unspeakable affront to the dignity of the human person,” he said. “I want to reaffirm with vigor that the way of violence and hate does not resolve the problems of humanity and that to use the name of God to justify this way is blasphemy!”
The pontiff then led the thousands in the Square in a special prayer to the Virgin Mary, calling her “the mother of mercy” and asking that she “protect and watch over the dear French nation, the first daughter of the Church, and over Europe and the whole world.”
We ask you to join with us, the Felician Franciscan Sisters as we continue to pray for the victims, their families, those who are aiding the afflicted and for those responsible for the attacks.
Prayer for Victims of Terrorism
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.
Have mercy on those responsible for this evil,
release them from the bondage of hatred and violence
that your reign for us all, your Family, may truly be realized on earth.