Pope Francis has held an audience for the Italian families whose members were killed in last year's terrorist attack at a cafe in the Bangladesh capital.
The Pope met 36 family members of the nine Italian victims and embraced and comforted the families on Wednesday, Catholic News Agency reports
, quoting Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
A deadly terrorist attack on an upscale restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone had left 22 people, including 17 foreigners and two police officers, dead. Nine of the victims were Italians.
Bishop Valentino Di Cerbo presented profiles on the lives of the nine victims to the Pope.
Members of the victims' families informed the Pope about projects they had undertaken, including study grants for young people in Bangladesh, to honour their loved ones.
“You are left in anger, bitterness and desire for revenge, but you have embarked, with the pain inside, on the path of love to build and help the people of Bangladesh, especially young people so that they can study: this is to sow peace and I thank you, for me it is an example,” Pope Francis said.
The Vatican Radio
quoted Maria Gaudio, wife of a victim, as saying: “Pope Francis thanked us for our witness of love and he said we were an example also for him.”