VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI condemned the wave of terrorist attacks in India as acts of
“cruel and senseless violence”, and led prayers for the nearly 200 people who died and the hundreds
injured in the bloodshed.

Speaking at his noon blessing on Nov 30, the pope asked for prayers for the victims of the attacks in Mumbai.

“Let us ask the Lord to touch the hearts of those who delude themselves by thinking that this is the way to resolve local or international problems,” he said. The pope earlier deplored the brutality of the violence in a telegram sent to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai.
The papal telegram appealed “for an end to all acts of terrorism, which gravely offend the human family and severely destabilise the peace and solidarity needed to build a civilisation worthy of mankind’s noble vocation to love God and neighbour”. cns