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Pope praying after suicide bomb causes Baghdad’s deadliest attack in 6 months

Pope Francis has expressed his deep sadness at the terrorist bombing at the Al-Wuhailat market in Baghdad, with a papal telegram sent through Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

“He sends condolences to the families and friends of those who have died, entrusting their souls to the mercy of Almighty God,” the message continued.

“His Holiness renews his fervent prayers that no act of violence will diminish the efforts of those who strive to promote reconciliation and peace in Iraq.”

At least 35 people were killed and nearly twice that number wounded when the suicide bomber exploded a device on Monday, the eve of the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival.

This was the deadliest such attack in Baghdad in the past six months. ISIL (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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