VATICAN CITY, NOV 15, 2003 (VIS) - Following is the text of a telegram sent by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State, in the Holy Father's name, for the terrorist attacks this morning near two synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey which resulted in 23 deaths:
'Upon learning of the attacks which took place in downtown Istanbul, the Holy Father has asked me to convey his deepest condolences to the entire nation and all the people who were affected. He asks God Almighty to welcome those who died into His kingdom and to sustain the wounded, and the families who are undergoing such a hard trial, as well as the faithful affected by this new drama which touches all men of good will. He asks God to aid volunteers and all who are comforting those grieving. The Pope makes an appeal once again to all men and women around the world to move in favor of peace and against terrorism with respect for freedom of beliefs and personal convictions, so that religion may never be the source of conflicts that bloody and disfigure humanity.'
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