Vatican City, Aug 4, 2019 / 03:35 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis Sunday remembered the victims, and the families of the victims, of recent shootings in Texas, California, and Ohio, asking for prayers.
“I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that these days have bloodied Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, affecting defenseless people,” the pope said Aug. 4, after the recitation of the Angelus.
“I invite you to join in my prayer for those who have lost their lives, for the wounded and for their families,” Francis said. He then led those present in St. Peter’s Square in praying a ‘Hail Mary’ for the victims.
A shooting in Dayton, Ohio, in the early hours of Aug. 4, killed at least nine people and injured 16, according to CNN.
The attack took place around 1 am in Dayton’s popular Oregon district. The suspect was shot and killed by officers, Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of the Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper told reporters.