Pope condemns Mali hotel attack ahead of Africa visit

Soldiers at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali (AP) Francis leaves on Wednesday for a six-day trip to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic Pope Francis has condemned the attack by extremists in a Mali hotel that killed at least 19 people as he prepares to visit three African nations.

The Vatican secretary of state said in a telegram on Sunday to the Archbishop of Bamoko, Mgr Jean Zerbo, that the Pope is appalled by this senseless violence, which he strongly condemns .

The Pope leaves on Wednesday for a six-day trip to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic 1