Munich, Germany, Jul 23, 2016 / 07:11 am
The archbishop of Munich has called for prayers for the victims of Friday's deadly shooting at a shopping mall, and condemned acts of violence which "poison" society with fear.
"This horrific crime deeply affects me and fills me with profound grief," Cardinal Reinhard Marx is quoted as saying in a July 23 statement by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.
"My prayers are with the victims and their families," said the head of the German Bishops' Conference said, adding: "I hope that the many injured can return home soon."
At least nine people were killed and nearly 30 injured on Friday evening after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, the BBC reports.