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Pope Francis again denounces murder of nuns in Yemen: ‘Today’s martyrs’

Pope Francis leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, March 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(RNS) Pope Francis on Sunday (March 6) said that four nuns executed by gunmen in Yemen at the home where they cared for elderly and disabled residents are “today’s martyrs.”

His remarks about the brutal killings in the increasingly lawless country on the Arabian Peninsula came a day after he decried the “diabolical violence” that also claimed the lives of a dozen others at the Catholic-run facility in the Red Sea port of Aden.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on Friday, but the few remaining Christians and foreigners in Yemen have often been the targets of various Islamic factions in the country’s brutal civil war.

The pontiff’s comments, at the noontime Angelus prayer from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, also…


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