Thursday 26 May 2016

Pope 'shocked and saddened' at killings of nuns and others in Yemen

Published 05/03/2016 | 14:06

People stand outside an old people's home after it was attacked by gunmen in the Yemeni port of Aden March 4, 2016. Reuters/Stringer
People stand outside an old people's home after it was attacked by gunmen in the Yemeni port of Aden March 4, 2016. Reuters/Stringer
Yemeni security forces outside the care home after it was attacked by gunmen in Aden (AP)
Pope Francis expressed his dismay at the attacks

Pope Francis was "shocked and profoundly saddened" by a murderous attack at a home for the elderly in southern Yemen that killed 16 people, including four nuns, the Vatican said.

The Vatican secretary of state said in a condolence message on Saturday that the pontiff "prays that this pointless slaughter will awaken consciences, lead to a change of heart, and inspire all parties to lay down their arms".

Officials and witnesses in Yemen said gunmen stormed a retirement home run by a charity established by Mother Teresa on Friday, moving room to room handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head.

The pope sent prayers for the dead and expressed his spiritual closeness to those affected by "this act of senseless and diabolical violence".

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