Pope condemns suicide bombings of churches in Pakistan

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned two suicide attacks on churches in Pakistan and accused the world of “seeking to hide” the persecution of Christians.

Fourteen people were killed and more than 70 were injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked the churches in Lahore on Sunday.

At his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis said it was with “much pain” that he learned of the attacks.

“These are Christian churches and Christians are persecuted, our Christian brothers are spilling their blood simply because they are Christians,” he said.

“I implore God . . . that this persecution against Christians – that the world seeks to hide – comes to an end and that there is peace,” he added.

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