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Pope Francis leads a mass outside the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria in Cagliari. -Reuters Photo
Pope Francis leads a mass outside the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria in Cagliari. -Reuters Photo

CAGLIARI: Pope Francis has led several thousand people in a special prayer for the victims of the church attack in Pakistan.

Francis was wrapping up a daylong visit to Sardinia on Sunday when he took the microphone and told throngs of young people about the scale of the attack in Peshawar.

He said those who carried out the attack ''took the wrong choice, one of hatred and war.''

He urged the young Sardinians present to instead work for peace, a message he has repeated in recent weeks amid escalating tensions in Syria.

Sunday's suicide bombing outside the historic All Saints church killed dozens in the deadliest-ever attack on Pakistan's Christian minority, officials said.

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ali Sep 22, 2013 10:41pm

Pope thank you for being concerned about the Pakistani people.

Amir Sep 22, 2013 10:38pm

Any Muslim scholars have time to comment on the heinous crime committed in an Islamic country by so-called Muslim extremist?

gagnadin Sep 23, 2013 12:04am

I never heard Pope utter a word about drone strikes.

Shafaat Sep 23, 2013 01:59am

After the stablishing the fraud in NA 258 election by NADRA it is clear that Fakhru Bhai was most incompetent Election commissioner of Pakistan..

Shahid Sep 23, 2013 02:27am

Pope was quick to denounce but he has never mentioned the drones attacks on the same region, people relate the drone attacks to USA and Christens (even if falsely) and this probably is the retaliation.

Pakistani Sep 23, 2013 04:07am

Well we know who did it when prapognada machine goes as far as pope then you know its not a normal event .........where is this so called media that is now praying for some people did in attach, when every day this happens in pakistan by bombs mad not far away and drone ... if you can not see where pakistan is pushed to then u are stupid .... they are pushing Pak to civil war so they can break Pakistan to get the N-weapon

Akil Akhtar Sep 23, 2013 04:57am

It is a horrible act of terrorism but where is this pope when NATO bombs killdozens of innocent muslim women and children or even men......His silence tells all the story.

pakiboy Sep 23, 2013 09:15am

bara jaldi khayal aa gaya .. kabhi aur logon kay marnay par tu kabhi nahin bola !!

Khalil Sep 23, 2013 09:20am

I condemn the suicide attack on Christians and rightly did Mr. Pope. But Dear Mr. Pope have you seen Muslims of Myanmar? have you ever condemned the attacks on them.. This is hypocrisy. Grow up. Be Human first and then bring religion.

JKhan Sep 23, 2013 11:17am

The pope should realize that the people who committed this crime also kill Muslims everyday. We thought this pope was more sensible than the previous one but they are all the same. The Christian world, controlled by the jewish mafia is involved in most war in the world and is directly or indirectly responsible for thousand upon thousands of innocent humans. I hope you you know this Mr pope? Killing innocent humans is wrong, by your own sect or by others.