Indonesia: ISIS Claims Responsibility for String of Attacks on Churches


In Indonesia, at least seven people were killed in a string of suicide bomb attacks Sunday targeting churches in Surabaya, the second-largest city in Indonesia. ISIShas claimed responsibility for the attacks, which police say were carried out by one family—a couple and their four children. This is Pope Francis, speaking after the bombings.

Pope Francis: “I am particularly close to the dear Indonesian people, especially to the Christian communities of the city of Surabaya, which have been severely hit by a serious attack on places of worship. I raise my prayer for the victims and their relatives. Together, we invoke the god of peace so that he may stop these violent actions and so that the hearts of all could be filled, not by feelings of hatred and violence, but of reconciliation and fraternity.”