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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences to Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, over the terrorist attack on a church in Peshawar. As a result of this tragedy, over eighty people were killed and one hundred and forty-five people were injured, news agencies report. The text of the message is given below.

Mr. Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister

Islamic Republic of Pakistan


Dear Mr. Prime Minister,


I was deeply grieved to learn about the terrorist attack in Peshawar on the 22nd of September, which was directed against the Christian population of the country and claimed lives of tens of people.


I am convinced that the state authorities must exert every possible effort in order to defend their citizens, no matter what religion they belong to, from such villainous acts.


I offer my condolences to relatives and friends of the dead and prayerfully empathize with those affected by this tragedy.


With condolences,


Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia