Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias has condemned late Monday’s suicide bomb attack at a concert in Manchester, England, as “senseless violence”. The blast that took place as U.S. singer Ariana Grande was ending her concert at an arena in Manchester, killing at least 22 people and injured many more. "I am deeply pained by the attack on the innocent people in Manchester most of them who were young people and many were children,” the cardinal, Archbishop of Bombay and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) said in a statement to AsiaNews. “We pray for them and entrust our innocent victims to the Merciful Love of God.”
Numerous leaders from across the world, including Pope Francis, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condemned the terrorist attack expressing their closeness with the injured and the families of the deceased.
“This senseless violence snatched away so many lives,” Card. Gracias grieved, adding, “the Church in Asia mourns the loss of lives, our hearts grieve with the families and we pray that God consoles them.” While entrusting to “the mercy of God the innocent victims of this tragedy,” the Indian cardinal prayed for the injured. “We renew our call for prayer for peace to Our Lady of Fatima, that the prayer for peace may arise in our hearts in the struggle between good and evil. Let us pray ever more fervently for Peace in our World”.
Card. Gracias prayed that through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, God may touch the hearts of those who have perpetrated this violence. However, he said, “We must never lose our hope for peace; evil never conquers anything; peace is the only answer - peace, which is a gift of God. Let us all Prayer for Peace,” the cardinal urged. (Source: AsiaNews)