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Pope Francis offers prayers for victims of Paris terror attack

Pope Francis praying in St Peter's Square (PA)

Pope Francis offered prayers for victims of the Paris terror attack this morning during Mass.

Speaking in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, the Pope said: “[Wednesday’s] terror attack in Paris brings to mind so much cruelty – human cruelty – so much terrorism, both isolated [incidents of] terrorism and of state terrorism. Of how much cruelty is man capable!”

He added: “We pray, in this Mass, for the victims of this cruelty – so many of them – and we pray also for the perpetrators of such cruelty, that the Lord might change their heart.” His remarks were translated by Vatican Radio.

The Pope was speaking after tens of thousands took to Europe’s streets last night with placards and candles to show solidarity with the victims.

Vigils were held in most European cities, including Rome, as well as Tunis, Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Madagascar.