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Pope on Manchester Tragedy: 'We Weep for Those Lost'

During Regina Caeli, Says We Are Close to Families, Pray for Victims of Terrible Attack Last Sunday

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“We are close to the families and those who weep for those lost,” Pope Francis has said, decrying the terrorist attack in Manchester following an Ariana Grande concert on Sunday, May 22.

The Pope reiterated his condolences to the pilgrims and visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his Regina Caeli address yesterday, May 28.

On Monday, Pope Francis sent his condolences, in a telegram, to the loved ones of those killed or injured toward the conclusion of the concert of the young American singer, Ariana Grande. The explosion, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, claimed the lives of at least 22 people, including young people and children, and injured dozens more.

After reciting the midday prayer yesterday, Pope Francis said: “We also pray for the victims of the terrible attack on Manchester last Monday, where so many young lives have been cruelly taken.”

“We are close to the families and weep for those lost,” he said.


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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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