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Oslo Bombing: Pope Benedict XVI Calls On Followers To 'Renounce Hatred' In Wake Of Attacks

Pope Benedict Xvi

07/24/11 08:21 AM ET   AP

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy -- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on people to renounce hatred in the face of the "deep sorrow" felt over the terror attacks in Norway.

The pope urged people to pray for the dead, the wounded and their loved ones as he spoke to pilgrims and tourists from the balcony of his summer palace in Castel Gandolfo near Rome.

"Unfortunately, yet again comes news of death and violence," Benedict said at the start of his greetings to the faithful. "We all feel deep sorrow for the grave terrorist acts."

"I want to again repeat my grief-stricken appeal to all to abandon forever the way of hatred and to run away from the logic of evil," Benedict said in his remarks, speaking in Italian.

A day earlier, the pope sent a condolence message to Norway's king in which he denounced the "senseless violence."

His envoy in Norway decried the terror attacks as "madness" and said in an interview with Vatican Radio on Saturday the victims would be remembered at Sunday Mass.

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