Pope Condemns Violence in India and Nigeria

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI has condemned terrorist
attacks in India and sectarian fighting in Nigeria as "cruel and senseless."

Addressing a crowd in St. Peter's Square after his traditional Sunday blessing, Benedict expressed "horror and disapproval" at the "brutal terrorist attacks" in Mumbai as well as the Muslim-Christian clashes that have rocked the central Nigerian city of Jos.

The pope asked the faithful to pray that God would "touch the heart of those who delude themselves by thinking that this is the way to solve local and international problems."

He also called for prayers for the dead, the wounded and all those caught up in the violence.

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