September 16, 2014
Pope Francis calls for justice in AMIA case
On the 20th anniversary of the AMIA Jewish community center bombing, the Argentine pontiff sent a message for “justice” to Argentina’s Israeli community and relatives of the 85 victims that resulted dead in the attack.
In a less-than-four-minute video, visibly dismayed, Pope Francis regretted the terrible attack that took place on July 18, 1994 and has yet no responsible behind bars.
“20 years since a tragedy, an insanity. Terrorism is madness. Terrorism only knows to kill, it does not know how to build. It destroys,” the head of the Roman Catholic Church said expressing his “nearness” to “all who have seen their hopes cut short, (who have seen) ruins.”
“I sometimes said Buenos Aires is a city that needed to cry, that has not cried yet enough. Facing the risk of cliche, I repeat so: we still need to cry,” the pontiff added and highlighted the need for justice in the AMIA case.
“We (Argentineans) are given to close things, to not take responsibility of stories of suffering, of things that could have been beautiful but were not. And that is why it comes so hard for us to seek paths of justice to face the debt that this tragedy has incurred in with society,” Jorge Bergoglio now Pope Francis said to finally make his call for justice.
“Along with my nearness, along with my prayer for the victims, today I also send my hope for justice.”