PH Church prays for Lahore after suicide attack

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A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan. Credit: Magdalena Wolnik/CNA

MANILA, March 28, 2016— Philippine bishops expressed solidarity with Pakistan after a suicide attack in Pakistan killed 65 people on Eastern Sunday.

Most casualties were women and children while around 300 others were injured when the blast hit the crowded Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore.

A Taliban splinter group claimed the attack, saying it has targeted Christians celebrating Easter.

Cardinal Tagle, who heads Rome-based Caritas Internationalis, deplored the attack and continued violence.

“…The spread of evil continues, those who are blind and numb to the exploitation of life and one’s dignity,” Tagle told Radio Veritas on Monday.

But the cardinal urged the faithful and those hurt by anti-Christian violence not to let these persecutions destroy their faith.

“Let us not lose hope… Don’t let the evil defeat our faith,” Tagle added, as he assured prayers for the victims of the attack and their families for the conversion of heart of the perpetrators.

For Bishop Ruperto Santos, wrong ideology has caused the attack, including recent violence in Belgium, Turkey and Iraq.

“This shows that a wrong ideology causes violence and deaths of innocent people,” said Santos, who chairs the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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