Indian Cardinal moans St. Petersburg, Pakistan attacks
Cardinal Gracias of India, expressed deep sorrow for the victims of recent attacks on St. Petersburg subway in Russia and Sufi Shrine in Pakistan.
Card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), speaking to AsiaNews said he received with great sorrow the news of the blast in St. Petersburg, and the death of 20 people at a Pakistani Sufi shrine. These incidents he said, fill our hearts with lamentations for the senseless loss of lives and the trail of destruction and often acts of reprisals.
"When will this end, my heart weeps, as I hear of such tragic news, which in nearly all instances affects vulnerable communities and peoples, greatly to their disadvantage. Besides the natural calamities of the devastating floods wreaking havoc in Peru and our kidnapped Salesians Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil all make us fervently cry out for God’s Mercy” he said.
According to Card. Gracias, "We are greatly encouraged, by Pope Francis' theme for World Day of Peace message for 2017: “Non-Violence: a Style of Politics for Peace”. However, while saddened by the situations of death and destruction, Cardinal Oswald said, “The Church is also witness to Hope and the Merciful Love of The Father.” (AsiaNews)