Francis: Orlando killings 'new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred'

Rome — The killings of at least 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., have left Pope Francis with "the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred," the Vatican said in a statement Sunday.

The pontiff, the statement said, "joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion."

The full statement made by Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, Sunday evening in Rome: 

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The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.

[Joshua J. McElwee is NCR Vatican correspondent. His email address is jmcelwee@ncronline.org. Follow him on Twitter: @joshjmac.]


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