Pope Francis prays for the victims of Istanbul airport attack

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Pope Francis has offered prayers for the victims of the Turkey Attack. On Wednesday, June 29 the Pontiff held a special silent prayer for the victims and families of the appalling terrorist attack in Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport in Turkey. The attack on June 28, Tuesday claimed 43 lives and left more than 200 injured.

Pope Francis praying for victims of Turkey Attack

After reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s, the Pontiff led the prayer for the victims. “Yesterday evening, in Istanbul, a horrendous terrorist attack was committed. It killed and injured many people. Let us pray for the victims, their families and for the beloved people of Turkey. May the Lord convert the hearts of the violent, and sustain our feet on the way of peace.”

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The death toll from the tragedy rose to 43 on Thursday, June 30 after a 3-year-old Palestinian boy hurt in the attack died, Palestinian officials confirmed. On Tuesday, June 28 the terrorists stormed the Istanbul airport, opened fire and detonated explosives. Two explosions took place at the international terminal building, while the third one hit the airport’ parking lot.