After the general audience, Pope Francis visibly condemned the attacks in Brussels and called them a unanimous condemnation of what he considers an "abominable cruelty.”
"I once again call on all people of good will to join in the unanimous condemnation of this abominable cruelty is causing one death, terror and horror.”
The Vatican had already sent a telegram to the Archbishop of Brussels on behalf of the Pope to show his closeness to the victims on the same day of the attack. However, during the general audience,
also he requested prayers for the terrorists to repent.
"I ask you all to persevere in prayer and ask the Lord during this Holy Week to comfort the afflicted hearts and convert the hearts of these people blinded by cruel fundamentalism. Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary
pray: Hail Mary ... "
The Pope concluded by asking participants in the audience to pray in silence for the victims, their families and all the Belgium people.