Pope Francis arrives during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Reuters
VATICAN CITY- 1 November 2017: Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned recent deadly attacks in Somalia, Afghanistan and New York, saying militants were abusing the name of God to justify their violence.
"I am profoundly saddened by the terrorist attacks in these recent days in Somalia, Afghanistan and yesterday in New York," the pope said in an address to mark All Saints Day, adding that he was praying for the victims and their families.
"We ask God to convert the hearts of terrorists and free the world of hatred and of mad murder that abuses the name of God to disseminate death."