The death toll of the doublé suicide attack that took place last Saturday in Mogadishu, Somalia, continues to rise. The most recent news reports of at least 300 deaths and hundreds of injured. The October 14 attack was the most serious one in recent years, with 20 schoolchildren on a school bus.
At the October 18th General Audience in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stated: “I want to express my sorrow for the massacre. This act of terrorism deplorable, also because it rages against a people that is already sorely tried.” He concluded: “I pray for the deceased and for the wounded, for their families and for the whole Somalian people. I implore the conversion of the violent and encourage all those who are working with enormous difficulty for peace in that battered country.”.