Vatican City: Pope Francis is calling for an end to the "inhuman violence" that has targeted innocents in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland in recent days.
Francis led the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square for his Sunday noon blessing in prayer for the victims, and said the world was carrying in its heart "the pain of these terrorist attacks."
He begged God to "free the world from this inhuman violence".
Eighteen people were killed in the Burkina Faso capital a week ago when Islamic extremists gunned down patrons at a popular restaurant. In Spain, members of an extremist cell mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort, killing 14 and injuring more than 120.
In Finland on Friday, an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker stabbed two people to death and wounded seven.
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Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 16:32:06 IST