Pope Francis Sends Condolences After Hospital Bomb Attack Killing 70 In Quetta, Pakistan & Very Next Day 12 Newborns Die In Hospital Inferno Bagdad


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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his condolences after the attack on the hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, which killed over 70 people.

The majority of the victims were lawyers who had gathered to mourn the assassination of the president of the Baluchistan Bar Association, Bilal Anwar Kasi, who was killed earlier in the day.

The telegram sent by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin reads:

Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life following the attack on a hospital in Quetta, His Holiness Pope Francis sends heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased, to the authorities and to the entire nation, as he offers the assurance of his prayers for the many injured victims of this senseless and brutal act of violence. Upon all who mourn and upon all who have been affected by this tragedy, His Holiness invokes the divine gifts of consolation and strength.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

CHURCH RESPONSE
Earlier the Catholic Bishop of Faisalabad, Arshad Joseph who’s also the President of the Church’s National Commission for Justice and Peace, condemned the bombing calling it “an inhuman gesture that cannot be tolerated.” Bishop Joseph urged the government to take action, saying “it has a duty to improve security measures” in order to guarantee the right to life of its citizens. The Bishop noted that the province of Balochistan where the attack occurred has suffered more than 14 hundred violent incidents during the past 15 years.

Pakistani lawyers were taking part in rallies across the nation on Tuesday and are also boycotting court proceedings to protest the violence.



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12 newborns dead in Baghdad hospital blaze 

A fire in the maternity ward of one of Baghdad's main hospitals Wednesday killed 12 premature babies, prompting Iraq's health minister to announce her resignation. Only seven babies could be saved and were taken to another ward in the Iraqi capital, said Jassem Lateef al-Hijami of the Baghdad health directorate. Health ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Rudeini said the blaze at the Yarmuk hospital in west Baghdad was started by an electrical fault just after midnight (2100 GMT Tuesday)"Twenty-nine women patients who were in the same ward were evacuated to other hospitals," he told AFP. Security services sealed off the area as forensic teams searched the gutted ward and angry relatives massed outside, waiting for information from the authorities. Officials and staff suggested the fire equipment was inadequate and Health Minister Adila Hamoud swiftly went on television to announce her resignation. Charred incubators could be seen outside one of the entrances to the hospital, access to which was strictly controlled by the police. The grief of the bereaved parents and relatives was compounded by the fact that the babies' young age and the effects of the fire made it very difficult to identify the bodies. Daily Mail Read More>>>>>

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