Vatican City, Sep 12, 2020 / 06:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis comforted relatives of loved ones killed in a nightclub stampede in 2018 during an audience at the Vatican Saturday.
Speaking to family members and friends of those who died in the stampede in the Italian town of Corinaldo, the pope recalled Sept. 12 that he was shaken when he first heard the news.
“This meeting helps me and the Church not to forget, to keep at heart, and above all to entrust your loved ones to the heart of God the Father,” he said.
Six people were killed and 59 injured at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub on Dec. 8, 2018. Three teenage girls and two boys, and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to a concert at the venue, died during the stampede.
Six men appeared before a court in March in Ancona, central Italy, on charges of manslaughter relating to the incident.