Pope Francis condemned Sunday’s bombing of two Pakistani Churches in Lahore while Pakistani Christians launched large-scale protests against the attack.
Two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in front of two churches in Lahore on Sunday, killing 15 people in what has been described as the worst terrorist attack in Lahore since 2013.
The Taliban’s splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“These are Christian churches and Christians are persecuted, our Christian brothers are spilling their blood simply because they are Christians,” Pope Francis is quoted by The News International as saying.
The statements were delivered during the Pope’s address after his weekly Angelus prayer.
“I implore God… that this persecution against Christians – that the world seeks to hide – comes to an end and that there is peace,” he prayed.