Pope Francis has expressed his "spiritual closeness" to victims of yesterday's deadly shooting in Las Vegas. In his message addressed to Bishop Joseph Anthony Pepe of Las Vegas, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said Pope Francis was "deeply saddened" to learn of "this senseless tragedy." The Holy Father, he said, "commends the He commends the efforts of the police and emergency service 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."
The full text of the telegram sent on behalf of Pope Francis follows:
The Most Reverend Joseph Anthony Pepe
Bishop of Las Vegas
Deeply saddened to learn of the shooting in Las Vegas, Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy. He commends the efforts of the police and emergency service 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.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
In a message to the people of Las Vegas, Bishop Joseph Anthony Pepe wrote:
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
"Our hearts go out to everyone.
" We are praying for those who have been injured, those who have lost their lives, for the medical personnel and first responders who, with bravery and self-sacrifice have helped so many. We are also very heartened by the stories of all who helped each other in this time of crisis. As the Gospel reminds us, we are called to be modern day Good Samaritans. We continue to pray for all in Las Vegas and around the world whose lives are shattered by the events of daily violence. On this feast day of the Guardian Angels, we invite all to join us for an interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Guardian Angels this afternoon at 5pm and invite our sisters and brothers around the world to join us in prayer for healing and for an end to violence.
"Assuring you of my prayers, I remain
Joseph Anthony Pepe
Read more about Las Vegas Cathedral of the Guardian Angels: www.gaclv.org