Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the terrorist attack in London at the end of Mass on Pentecost Sunday.
“May the Holy Spirit grant peace to the whole world,” Pope Francis said, according to Vatican Radio. “May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even this [Saturday] night, in London, struck innocent civilians: let us pray for the victims and their families.”
On Saturday evening three attackers drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in Borough Market. They killed seven people and injured 48 before they were shot dead by police. The three men reportedly shouted “this is for Allah” during the attack.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster offered his prayers for the victims of the attack. “All involved in disturbing and violent incidents in #LondonBridge #BoroughMarket and #Vauxhall are in my prayers this night,” he wrote on Twitter.
The attack occurred close to the Church of the Most Precious Blood. Joanna Bogle, writing for CatholicHerald.co.uk, noted that the parish priest Fr Christopher Pearson “had spent the morning dispensing mugs of tea to exhausted policemen”.
The church, which is in the care of the ordinariate, lay within the police cordon and so the 8.30am Mass was cancelled. But the cordon was lifted for the sung Pentecost Mass at 11am.
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