Saturday, November 14, 2015

Cardinal Tagle leads silent prayers for victims of Paris attacks


From the Website of CBCP

Cardinal Tagle leads silent prayers for victims of Paris attacks

MANILA, Nov. 14, 2015— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Thursday led thousands of people in prayer for the victims of Saturday’s terror attack in Paris.

The cardinal paused for 40 seconds of silent prayer for “the victims of violence” in Paris in his homily during the closing Mass for the 3rd CBCP Basic Ecclesial Communities National Assembly in Pasay City.

He told more than 10,000 BEC leaders, workers and volunteers gathered at the Cuneta Astrodome that the Church joins the whole world in “sadness and in shock”.

“We cannot isolate ourselves from what is happening in different parts of the world… the constant violence and battles and this morning the news of what happened in Paris,” Tagle said.

Catholics attending the BEC National Assembly closing Mass take part in a prayer for the victims of Paris attacks. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews)

“Let us unite ourselves with the many people who are suffering and the victims of violence. We pray for their families and we pray for their countries,” he added.

At least 127 people were killed in a series of terror attacks across Paris on Saturday.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks by gunmen and bombers in what could be the worst terror attack in France’s history.

The Vatican also joined other nations in denouncing “in the most radical way” the violence in Paris, saying that it was “an attack on peace for all humanity.”

Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that Pope Francis is “praying for the victims and the wounded, and for all the French people.”

“This is an attack on peace for all humanity, and it requires a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread the homicidal hatred in all of its forms,” he said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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