Vatican City, Jun 12, 2016 / 11:37 am
Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.
In a June 12 statement Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See press officer, said the "terrible massacre," which has left a "dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred."
"Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion," the statement reads. "Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort."
"We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity."