In words following the Angelus prayer to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope prayed for the victims; pilgrims killed, he said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.”
Seven pilgrims were killed and a number of others injured in the attack on two buses carrying Coptic Christians near to the monastery of St Samuel the Confessor in Minya. It was the latest in a series of attacks by extremists on this Christian minority in the country. In May of last year, gunmen fired at a bus carrying Christians to the same monastery, killing at least 28 people.
Pope Francis recited the Hail Mary and asked Mary Most Holy to console the families and the entire community in the wake of this latest terrorist attack.
Blessed Clelia Merloni
The Pontiff, during his address also remembered Mother Clelia Merloni, who was beatified on Saturday in Rome’s Basilica of St John Lateran. He spoke of the founder of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as a woman “who fully abandoned herself to the will of God, who was zealous in charity, patient in adversity and heroic in forgiveness.” Let us give thanks, to God the Pope said, “for the luminous evangelical witness of this new Blessed and let us follow her example of goodness and mercy.”