Editorial staff •
Once again. Once again innocent victims who lost their lives or were seriously injured. Once again families and friends in pain. Once again doctors, policemen, priests, journalists working beyond exhaustion to save lives, to comfort, to provide security, to spread less panic and more clarity …
Let us all be Brussels. We are all Brussels. United in prayer, in solidarity, in capital of grace, in pain.
We are in the Holy Week. The Way of the Cross of Jesus is not a tale from past times. Is today. In Brussels and in many places where hatred and fanaticism are destroying the lives, health and dreams of people.
In every age and on many different paths
you stagger, scorned and laden with the cross:
and the terror and hate attacks
which your Church
and all your people, all humankind
is the cross placed on your shoulders.
God, have mercy on your people.
Pope Francis has a sent telegramme to Jozef De Kesel, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels following the attacks on Tuesday morning in the Belgian capital Brussels.
In the telegramme signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis prays for the victims, the injured and their families and again condemns “blind violence which causes so much suffering.”
Please find below a Vatican Radio translation of the Pope’s telegramme.
Learning of the attacks in Brussels, which have affected many people, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusts to God’s mercy those who died and he prays for those who have lost relatives. He expresses his deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to relief efforts, asking the Lord to bring them comfort and consolation in this ordeal. The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence which causes so much suffering and imploring from God the gift of peace, he entrusts on the bereaved families and the Belgians the benefit of divine blessings.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of His Holiness