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Pope leads prayers for an end to ‘inhuman violence’ of terrorism

“Let us beg the Lord, God of mercy and peace, to free the world from this inhuman violence,” Pope Francis prayed after a week of deadly terrorist attacks in Africa and Europe.

Reciting the Angelus prayer at midday, the pope asked an estimated 10,000 people in St Peter’s Square to pray in silence and then to join him in reciting the Hail Mary for the victims of the attacks the previous week in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland.

At a restaurant in Ouagadougou on 13th August, gunmen opened fire on people eating outside. Authorities in Burkina Faso said 18 people died and 20 were injured. The gunmen were believed to be part of a group known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

In Spain, 13 people died after a van mowed down pedestrians on 17th August on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas street and another woman died in a vehicle attack the next day in Cambrils. Five suspects were killed by police and other members of what authorities described as a 12-man terrorist cell were being sought.

In Turku, Finland, on 18th August, two women were stabbed to death and eight other people were injured in what police described as a terrorist attack.

Picture: A girl in Turku, Finland, plays an instrument and sings a lullaby on 18th August at the site where one person was stabbed to death. Pope Francis asked an estimated 10,000 people in St Peter’s Square on 21st August to pray in silence and then to join him in reciting the Hail Mary for the victims of the attacks the previous week in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland. (CNS photo/Markku Ojala, EPA).