The Holy Father expressed his closeness with the Turkish people in a telegram given to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It was written by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Pope. It carried the voice of the Pope saying he was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the bombing in Ankara.”
The Pope assured his spiritual closeness and solidarity with the Turkish people. He prayed for the departed souls, those mourning over the loss and for the speedy recovery of those affected by the heinous act of violence. He concluded by invoking God’s healing message upon the nation.