Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack last evening, May 22, 2017 in Manchester, toward the conclusion of the concert of the concert of young American singer, Ariana Grande. The explosion, thought to be terrorism, claimed the lives of at least 22 people and injured some 59 others.
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the telegram on the Pope’s behalf.
Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Pope’s message:
His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
[Original text: English]