Pope Francis has publicly condemned the killings in a Kenyan University which left 147 people dead, most of them Christians.
The Holy Father sent a good Friday message to Cardinal John Njue, the President of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops via his secretary of states, Pietro Parolin.
“Deeply saddened by the immense and tragic loss of life caused by the recent attack on the Garissa University College, the Holy Father sends assurances of his prayers and spiritual closeness to the families of the victims and to all Kenyans at this painful time,” the message read.
“In union with all people of good will throughout the world, His Holiness condemns this act of senseless brutality and prays for a change of heart among its perpetrators.”
In what is described as Kenya’s most horrific terrorist attack, gunmen attacked the University which is located at the borders of Somalia as a form of retaliation for the presence of Kenyan troops positioned there.
The attackers, said to be members of al-shabab then opened fire on the students who were mostly asleep at the time. It is also reported that many of the Muslim students were spared in the attacks while Christians and those of other faiths were mostly targeted.