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The Bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has expressed sympathy over the tragic incident of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, on Sunday, where worshippers were killed.

Pope Francis in a message via his official Twitter page on Monday, wrote:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack at Saint Francis church in Owo in #Nigeria. #PrayTogether for all those affected by this act of unspeakable violence and for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence.

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Also in a statement issued by Matteo Bruni, the director of the Vatican press office, on Sunday, the Pope said he is praying for the victims and Nigeria.

“The pope has learned of the attack on the church in Ondo, Nigeria and the deaths of dozens of worshippers, many children, during the celebration of Pentecost.

“While the details are being clarified, Pope Francis prays for the victims and the country, painfully affected at a time of celebration, and entrusts them both to the Lord so that he may send his spirit to console them,” the statement read.

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