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Pope calls Pakistan church attack an 'evil act' Pope John Paul condemned the murder of Christians in a Pakistani Catholic church on Sunday as "an evil act" and said he was praying for the victims and their families. Suspected Muslim militants shot dead 15 Christians and a policeman at Sunday prayers in the central Pakistani town of Bahawalpur. The Pope's office sent a telegram to the Pakistan Catholic Church "expressing his absolute condemnation of this further tragic act of intolerance." "He expresses his prayerful closeness to all affected by this evil act and as a pledge of comfort and strength he invokes upon the entire community the blessings of almighty God," the telegram said. The killings took place during a Protestant service that was being held in the Catholic church. SOURCE