All Saints' Day observed

Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday recent deadly attacks in Somalia, Afghanistan and New York, saying militants were abusing the name of God to justify their violence.

“I am profoundly saddened by the terrorist attacks in these recent days in Somalia, Afghanistan and yesterday in New York,” the pope said in an address to mark All Saints’ Day, adding that he was praying for the victims and their families.

“We ask God to convert the hearts of terrorists and free the world of hatred and of mad murder that abuses the name of God to disseminate death,” he said to Roman Catholic faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

A man driving a truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists in New York on Tuesday, killing eight people. CNN and other U.S. media said the attacker had left a note claiming allegiance to Islamic State and that he had shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is greatest” – when he jumped out of his truck.

Also on Tuesday, as many as eight people were killed by a suicide bomber in the Afghan capital, Kabul. It was the latest of a string of attacks in Afghanistan last month, including one on a Shi’ite mosque that killed more than 50 people.

On Sunday, at least 29 people died in an Islamist attack on a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The assault came two weeks after two bombings in the city killed more than 350 people.

Pope Francis has repeatedly condemned Islamist militants in recent years, saying followers of religions who carry out acts of fundamentalism or terrorism are profaning God’s name. (Reuters)

Here’s a look at people around the world honoring All Saints Day.

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Manila, Philippines

People visit apartment-style tombs of their loved ones during the observance of All Saints’ Day at Navotas Public cemetery in Metro Manila, Philippines, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

Saint Peter’s Square , the Vatican

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus prayer on All Saints’ Day in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

Warsaw, Poland

People visit a cemetery in Lomna near Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Candles and flowers cover tombstones in graveyards across Poland on All Saints’ Day. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

Bilbao, Spain

Maria Luisa Mendicote waters flowers on a niche bearing the remains of her parents and a nephew at Derio cemetery on All Saints’ Day, near Bilbao, Spain, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Vincent West/Reuters)

Manila, Philippines

Children play in front of the apartment tombs during the observance of All Saints’ Day at Navotas public cemetery in Metro Manila, Philippines, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

Barcelona, Spain

A man places flowers on a grave during All Saints’ Day, a Catholic holiday to reflect on the saints and deceased relatives, at the Montjuic cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Manu Fernandez/AP)

Baruny, Belarus

Belarus Catholics take part in a procession during All Saints’ Day in the village of Baruny, Belarus, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Manila, Philippines

Filipinos troop to Manila’s North Cemetery to visit the graves of their loved ones in the traditional observance of All Saints’ Day, the honoring of the dead among Catholics all over the world Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Filipinos go to cemeteries and memorial parks on Nov. 1 to honor and pray for the dearly departed. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

Baruny, Belarus

People visit graves of their relatives during All Saints’ Day at a cemetery in the village of Baruny, Belarus, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Warsaw, Poland

People stop in front of a grave at the Powazki cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Candles and flowers cover tombstones in graveyards across Poland on All Saints’ Day, as people honor the saints and their departed friends and family, in Christian tradition. (Photo: Alik Keplicz/AP)

Szczecin, Poland

Candles burn on All Saints’ Day at the Central Cemetery in Szczecin, Poland, Nov. 1, 2017. People all over Poland visit the graves of beloved ones and leave candles and flowers on them.The cemetery in Szczecin is considered to be the largest necropolis in Poland. (Photo: Marcin Bielecki/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Minsk, Belarus

Belarus Catholics take part in a procession marking All Saints’ Day at a cemetery in the village of Vselyub, 150 km (93 miles) west of Minsk, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Belarusian Catholics marked All Saints Day by visiting graves of their relatives. (Photo: Sergei Grits/AP)

Villa Nueva, Guatemala

A man adorns a grave at the municipal cemetery of Villa Nueva, 25 km south of Guatemala City, during the celebration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

Lomna, Poland

People visit a cemetery in Lomna near Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Candles and flowers cover tombstones in graveyards across Poland on All Saints’ Day. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

Barcelona, Spain

A woman cleans a relative’s grave on All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday to reflect on the saints and deceased relatives, at the Poblenou cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Francisco Seco/AP)

Minsk, Belarus

A Catholic priest blesses graves marking All Saints’ Day on the edge of the cemetery in the village of Vselyub, 150 km ( 93 miles ) west of Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Belarusian Catholics marked All Saints Day by visiting graves of their relatives. (Photo: Sergei Grits/AP)

Villa Nueva, Guatemala

A man adorns a tomb grave at the municipal cemetery of Villa Nueva, 25 km south of Guatemala City, during the celebration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona, Spain

A woman places flowers in a grave during All Saints’ Day, a Catholic holiday to reflect on the saints and deceased relatives, at the Montjuic cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Manu Fernandez/AP)

Multifamiliar Tlalpan, Mexico

A young man arranges skeletons on a Day of the Dead altar at a tent encampment at Multifamiliar Tlalpan, where nine people died when a building collapsed in the Sept. earthquake, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. People in Mexico are marking this year’s holiday by remembering the people killed in the Sept. 19 earthquake. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

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