He called for a “cessation of violence” and called for the fraternity in the midst of the massacre.
Pope Francis on Tuesday regretted the murder of three people in a Catholic church in Nice, in the south of France, and called for “the cessation of violence” and that society once again “see itself as brothers and not as enemies.”
“I wish to express my closeness to the Catholic community of Nice, which is in mourning because of the attack that has sown death in a place of prayer and comfort. I pray for the victims, for their families and for the beloved French people, so that he can respond to evil with good, “the Supreme Pontiff wrote on his Twitter account.
According to the spokesman for the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, after being informed of the events, the Pope expressed his sorrow for the Catholic community and pray for the victims and their loved ones.
The spokesperson said that Francis also prays that society “once again see itself as brothers and sisters and not as enemies, so that the beloved French people can react together against evil with good.”
For his part, the Italian head of government, Giuseppe Conte, also condemned the “vile attack” and urged the consolidation of the common front in defense of the values of “freedom and peace”, as he wrote on Twitter.
This Thursday three people were killed in a terrorist attack with a knife in a Catholic church in the center of Nice, on the French Riviera.
The mayor of the city, Christian Estrosi, explained that the perpetrator, who was seriously injured during his arrest by the municipal police, did not stop shouting “Allah is great” when it was reduced.
Estrosi revealed that one of the deceased is the sacristan of the Church of Our Lady of Nice, a neo-Gothic temple located in the heart of this city on the Côte d’Azur.
The attack occurs 15 days after the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty for showing the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, in the midst of the Muslim countries boycott France for considering the republication of the cartoons as blasphemy and with a strong crisis between Turkey and France for the theme.
In fact, the Gallic country had been threatened by Thabat, a terrorist organization close to Al Qaeda, which denounced the publication of the cartoons of the Prophet. The threat was over the whole country and especially in places of worship.
Two days earlier, the authorities had to evacuate the Arc de Triomphe and the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower due to bomb threats, while a woman was reduced to the Lyon train station after threatening to immolate herself.
With information from EFE.