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Pope sends ‘heartfelt condolences’ to victims of Texas church massacre

Diane Montagna

ROME, November 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis on Tuesday sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the victims and families of Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

At least 26 people were killed and many others injured when a 26-year old man opened fire at morning services at the First Baptist Church, about 30 miles east of San Antonio. It is the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas, and one of the worst church shootings in US history.

The ages of the victims range from 17 months to 72 years. According to reports, almost half of the victims were children. One woman who was pregnant was also killed along with her baby.

 

Here below is the telegram sent to Archbishop Garcia-Siller of San Antonio on the Holy Father’s behalf, by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

The Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio,

Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of senseless violence perpetrated at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, the Holy Father asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the wounded, to the members of the congregation, and to the entire local community. He asks our Lord Jesus Christ to console all who mourn and to grant them the spiritual strength that triumphs over violence and hatred by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State

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