Pope Francis condemned a deadly blast at a church in Egypt and said at a Palm Sunday Mass that the world was suffering from wars, terrorism and “interests that are armed and ready to strike.”
Francis, who has not made any direct public comment on the current Middle East crisis, said the Mass as international tensions increased following the US missile strike on a Syrian air base, which the Pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack that killed 87 people.
Palm Sunday bombings of Egyptian Coptic churches kill 44
While the pope, who is due to visit Egypt April 28-29, was celebrating the Mass for tens of thousands of people, the Vatican received word of the blast that killed at least 21 people and injured 50 in a Coptic church in the Nile Delta.
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