At the end his visit to Sardinia, with improvised remarks, Pope Francis condemned a suicide bomb attack at a Christian church in Pakistan, where the faithful had gathered for Sunday service. Pope Francis appealed for prayer for the victims. But also demanded something greater.
"Today, in Pakistan, because of a wrong choice, a decision of hatred, of war, there was an attack in which over 70 people died. This choice cannot stand. It serves nothing. Only the path of peace can build a better world. But if you all will not build it, no one else will. This is the problem, and this is the questions I leave you with: 'Am I willing to take on the path to build a better world?'”
A group within the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the Church, in the northern city of Peshawar. The death toll climbed to at least 80 people. As a result of the bombing, protests broke out in several cities, asking the government to do more to protect minorities.