Attack in Pakistan part of wave of anti-Christian violence, pope says

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March 16, 2015

Pakistani Christians protest deadly attack on churches

Pakistani Christians gather at a church March 16 to protest two suicide attacks on churches in Lahore. (CNS photo/Rahat Dar, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Condemning deadly terrorist attacks against a Catholic and an Anglican church in Pakistan, Pope Francis said “the world is trying to hide” a wave of anti-Christian persecution in various parts of the globe.

“With sadness, with much sadness, I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in Lahore … provoking numerous deaths and injuries,” the pope said March 15 after reciting the Angelus with visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Suicide bombers that morning detonated themselves outside the churches, which are both in the same predominantly Christian neighborhood. Officials said 15 people were killed and more than four dozen were injured by the blasts.

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