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Pope Francis urges end to violence against innocent Victims

The Holy Father, Pope Francis

ROME- The Holy Father, Pope Francis has called for an end to the “inhuman violence” that has targeted innocent people in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland in recent weeks.

He begged God to “free the world from this inhuman violence.”

More than eighteen people were killed in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou a week ago when Islamic extremists gunned down patrons at a popular restaurant.

In Spain, affiliates of an extremist cell mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort, killing 14 and injuring more than 120.

In Finland on Friday, an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker stuck two people to death and stabbed seven.

Pope Francis led a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday noon blessing in prayer for the victims. He said the world was carrying in its heart “the pain of these terrorist attacks.”

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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