Pope Francis Deeply Saddened by ‘Senseless Tragedy’ in Las Vegas
NEW YORK – Pope Francis on Monday sent a telegram expressing closeness and concern via Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas, following the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
“Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy,” said Parolin.
“He commends the efforts of those police and emergency services personnel, and offers the promise of his prayers for the injured and for all who have died, entrusting them to the merciful love of almighty God.”
Over 50 people have been declared dead and more than 200 injured after a gunman opened fire at outdoor concert in Las Vegas on Sunday evening.
The shooting took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. A 64-year-old Stephen Paddock has been identified as the shooter and has been killed by the police.
In a statement on Facebook, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said he was “Praying for victims & loved ones of those harmed by the horrific shooting in Vegas. Grateful for the first responders caring for the wounded.”
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston tweeted “May God bless all first responders as they care for the victims of last nights’ violence.”
The archdiocese of Washington released a statement via Facebook stating ”This morning, we offer our prayers and concerns for those who have died in Las Vegas, those who were wounded and their families. May the Lord bring them peace. #prayforvegas”
The diocese of Arlington, Virginia has announced that it will celebrate its noon mass at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More for the victims of the attack.