Pope offers prayers for victims of terrorist attack in Barcelona

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CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist
attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 people dead and injured dozens of others.

great concern the Holy Father has learned about what is happening in Barcelona.
The pope prays for the victims of this attack and wants to express his
closeness to the whole Spanish people, particularly the injured and the
families of the victims,” said an Aug. 17 statement from Greg Burke,
director of the Vatican press office.

speeding van struck pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district. The
Islamic State took credit for the attack, saying it was in response to calls
for its followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to
drive the extremist group from Syria and Iraq, the Associated Press reported.

church leaders called for prayers.

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