Pope Francis says “We are united” in response to deadly church bombing
Pope Francis said Sunday that “we are united.”
Francis said the Catholic Church is “the heart of the world.”
The Pope spoke in the church’s basilica in the Italian city of Trento as his first visit to Italy since the deadly church bombings in the capital of the country.
He said the world needs a “breathing space” for the unity of the Church, which he said needs to heal from the devastation of the bombings.
“We are unified,” Francis said.
“We have been and we will be again.”
The pontiff’s comments came amid a wave of anti-Catholic violence in Europe, which has seen at least eight people killed and hundreds wounded in attacks since April.
Francis has been a vocal critic of Islam in the past.
In August, he spoke out against anti-Semitism, saying the “enemy of all Jews is the Christian church.”
On Saturday, the pope condemned anti-Muslim violence in Germany and said that “the fight against anti -Semitism must be in Europe and the Muslim world.”