In a telegram addressed to the President of Egypt, Pope Francis assures prayers for all those affected by a roadside bomb that killed 4 people in Giza. Pope Francis said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the recent bomb attack near Giza”.
In the telegram, the Pope condemned the attack on a tourist bus, and deplored “this senseless and brutal act”. He said he is praying for “the victims and their families, for the injured and for the emergency personnel who generously came to their aid.”
Finally, Pope Francis encouraged all Egyptians “to overcome violence with solidarity and peace” and invoked “divine blessings upon Egypt and its people”.
A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide.
The bus was traveling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the roadside bomb, which was hidden by a wall, went off. The blast wounded 11 other Vietnamese tourists as well as the Egyptian driver.
The Vatican also announced that Pope Francis is sending an initial contribution to the relief operations for the people hit by the devastating tsunami a week ago in Indonesia, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said in a brief on Saturday.
A tsunami caused by the collapse of part of the volcanic Anak Krakatau island killed at least 426 people when waves of up to 5 metres smashed into the coastal areas of Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22. Indonesia’s disaster agency said 23 are missing and more than 40,000 have been displaced. Some 1,500 have been injured.
The Pope’s contribution will be channelled through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
“The contribution accompanies the Holy Father’s prayer in favour of the beloved Indonesian population, and is part of the aid that is being activated throughout the charitable network of the Catholic Church,” the Dicastery said.
“The sum will be defined in the coming days and is intended to be an immediate expression of the feeling of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement on the part of the Holy Father,” it added.
Authorities have warned Sunda Strait residents to stay a kilometre away from the coastline, citing the potential for another tsunami.