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Pope sends condolences to victims of Bali terrorist attack

 On receiving the news of the terrorist attack in Bali on Saturday, which has claimed nearly 200 lives, Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, sent the following message of condolence on behalf of the Pope to Archbishop Lorenzo Fratini, apostolic nuncio in Indonesia. "His Holiness Pope John Paul II has been deeply shocked by news of the terrible attack in Bali which has caused many deaths and injuries and he asks you to convey to the civil and religious authorities the assurance of his prayers for the victims, commending them to Almighty God and invoking divine strength and comfort on the injured and on all affected by this tragic event. "Such cruel and misguided violence cannot be the path to a more just and civil society, and it must be condemned by all who aspire to a world of peace built on respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life." source: Vatican Information Service