Vatican City, Feb 15, 2018 / 05:01 am
On Thursday, Pope Francis assured his spiritual closeness to all those affected by a deadly shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, offering prayer for the victims and voicing hope that such acts of violence would end.
In a Feb. 15 letter addressed to Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the Pope said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic shooting" that took place yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the letter assured all those affected by the "devastating attack" of the Pope's spiritual closeness, saying he prays "that Almighty God may grant eternal rest to the dead and healing and consolation to the wounded and those who grieve."
"With the hope that such senseless acts of violence may cease, Pope Francis invokes upon all of you the divine blessings of peace and strength."