VATICAN - THE POPE SENDS TELEGRAMME OF CONDOLENCE TO ITALIAN PRESIDENT CIAMPI AFTER MORTAL ATTACK ON ITALIAN PEACEKEEPERS IN NASSIRIYA (IRAQ)
Vatican City (Fides Service) – Pope John Paul II sent a telegramme of condolence to the President of Italy Carlo Azeglio Ciampi for the death of Italian peacekeepers in a car bomb attack on an Italian Army base at Nassiriya in Iraq. The Holy Father expressed deep grief for the “cowardly attack in Nassiriya”, and “firm condemnation of this new act of violence which, with other ferocious acts in that tormented country, does not help the return of peace and normality”. He prayed for the victims invoking from the Lord “Christian comfort for the families”, and expressed solidarity to military and civilians, “engaged in the arduous task to serve those sorely tried people ”. (S.L.) (Fides Service 12/11/2003 – lines 8; words 125)
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