Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his sorrow over the worst bombing in Somalia’s history.
At the weekend, a deadly truck attack left at least 276 people dead in Mogadishu.
“I pray for the conversion of the violent and send my encouragement to all those who, in the face of enormous difficulties, work for peace in this martyred country,” Pope Francis said at his weekly audience in St Peter’s square.
No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was widely seen as likely being the work of the Shabaab, an insurgent Islamist group aligned with Al-Qaeda.
The pope had earlier told delegates to an interfaith conference at the Vatican that “those who engage in acts of violence, or try to justify them in the name of religion, gravely offend God.”
Massive truck bomb Mogadishu killed at least 276 people and left 300 injured.