Catholics across the world have expressed their grief in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack which saw the death of seven people.
US Catholics joined the Pope in expressing sorrow for those killed and severely injured in the latest terrorist attacks in London the night of June 3.
“The vigil of Pentecost had barely begun when the world was burdened yet again, this time by the sinister attacks on innocent men and women in the heart of London,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said.
In England, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminister said the attacks were “disturbing” adding that they “have shocked us all”.
The Pope, after celebrating Mass on Pentecost with about 60,000 people in attendance at St Peter’s Square, offered a prayer for the victims.
“May the Holy Spirit grant peace to the whole world,” he said. “May he heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even last night in London struck innocent civilians. Let us pray for the victims and their families.”
Vigils were held for the victims, with people of all faiths showing their support. This follows the vandalism of a mosque two days after the London Bridge attack.
Three male terrorists were killed after a horrific attack which began when a white van knocked down pedestrians, and ended with vicious stabbings at the nearby Borough Market.