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Pope greets family members of Dhaka massacre victims

Pope Francis met with Italian family members of victims of the July 2016 Dhaka massacre in Bangladesh

Pope Francis met with Italian family members of victims of the July 2016 Dhaka massacre in Bangladesh

22/02/2017 15:48

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis held an audience on Wednesday for the Italian family members of those who died in the Dhaka massacre in Bangladesh on 1 July 2016.

The terror attack in Dhaka took place on the Holey Artisan Bakery in the diplomatic district of the capital and claimed the lives of 29 people, nine of whom were Italian.

Bishop Valentino di Cerbo of Alife-Caiazzo in Italy accompanied the group of around 30 people who met Pope Francis ahead of his Wednesday General Audience.

Those present included family members of Marco Tondat, Christian Rossi, Maria Riboli, Vincenzo D’Allestro, Claudio Cappelli, and Simona Monti, who were killed in the terror attack.

Maria Gaudio, the wife of Vincenzo D’Allestro, afterwards said: “Pope Francis thanked us for our witness of love and he said we were an example also for him.”

22/02/2017 15:48