Pope Benedict XVI Sends Condolences to Jordan After Attacks
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Pontiff Sends Condolences to Jordan After Attacks
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI sent a message of sympathy to King Abdullah II of Jordan, after terrorist attacks on three hotels in Amman left at least 56 dead and 115 wounded.
After condemning these \"cruel acts of violence and disrespect for law and human life,\" the Pope sent his \"heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, to the families of the deceased and to the entire nation.\"
The telegram, written in English, was sent to the Jordanian sovereign at the Holy Father\'s request by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state.
\"Remembering the victims and injured in his prayers, the Holy Father invokes the divine gifts of consolation upon those who mourn, and unfailing courage upon all who work for lasting peace and respect for human rights in the Middle East,\" it stated.
A group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said today it had carried out the Wednesday attacks on Amman hotels, according to an Internet statement.
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