Pope Benedict XVI waves from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Angelus prayer
Pope Benedict has called on the terrorists responsible for last week's London bombings to, in his words, "stop in the name of God."

Speaking at the Vatican Sunday, the pontiff urged the faithful to pray not only for the London victims and their families, but also for the attackers. The pope said he hopes God will touch their hearts. In comments directed at the terrorists, Benedict said, "God loves life, which he created, not death."

Benedict made his plea following his weekly blessing in St. Peter's Square.

On the day of the London transport system bombings, the German-born pope condemned the attacks as "barbaric acts against humanity."

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