“May God convert the hearts of the violent!”

The following are the Pope’s words after the Angelus

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In his words after the Angelus this Sunday, 30 October 2022, the Pope drew attention to the terrorist attack on Mogadishu and also asked to pray for those who died tonight in Seoul.

Finally, the Holy Father wished all the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square a happy Sunday.

The following are the Pope’s words after the Angelus prayer, provided by the Holy See Press Office:

The Pope’s words

Dear brothers and sisters!

While we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil and over death, let us pray for the victims of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu, which killed more than a hundred people, including many children. May God convert the hearts of the violent!

And let us pray to the Risen Lord also for those – especially the young – who died in Seoul, as a tragic consequence of a sudden crowd surge.

Yesterday, in Medellín, Colombia, Blessed María Berenice Duque Hencker, founder of the Little Sisters of the Annunciation, was beatified. She spent all of her long life, which ended in 1993, in the service of God and her brothers and sisters, especially the small and the excluded. May her apostolic zeal, which drove her to take the message of Jesus beyond the borders of her country, strengthen in everyone the desire to participate, with prayer and charity, in the dissemination of the Gospel throughout the world. An applause for the new Blessed, everyone!

I greet you, Romans and pilgrims from various countries: families, parish groups, associations, individual faithful. In particular I greet, from Spain, the faithful from Córdoba, and the Orfeón Donostiarra” choir from San Sebastián, which is celebrating 125 years of activity; the girls and boys of the Hakuna Movement; the group of São Paulo, Brazil; and the Indonesian clerics and men and women religious resident in Rome. I greet the participants in the conference organized by the worldwide “Uniservitate” network and by LUMSA; as well as the children from Naples preparing for their first Communion and the groups of faithful from Magreta, Nocera Inferiore and Nardò. And the young people of the Immacolata.

Please, let us not forget martyred Ukraine in our prayer and in our heartache. Let us pray for peace, never tire of doing so!

I wish you all a blessed Sunday. And please, do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch, and we will see each other again for the Feast of All Saints.