Pope Francis denounces ‘cruel violence’ in Sri Lankan Easter explosions

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Pope Francis has denounced the “cruel violence” of the series of explosions that left more than 200 people dead in Sri Lanka.

The Pope spoke about the bombings in a special appeal at the end of his traditional “urbi et orbi” speech following the traditional Easter service at St. Peter’s Square Sunday.

The Pope lamented the “grave attacks” on churches and hotels in and just outside of the capital, Colombo, which occurred just as worshippers were celebrating Easter mass.

He went on to say to the tens of thousands of people gathered that he prayed for the hundreds injured.

Secretary of State Pompeo confirmed that several US citizens were among those killed. 

He said the US embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.

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