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Pope Francis Mourns Florida High School Shooting Victims

Francis Appeals for Senseless Acts of Violence to Cease

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Pope Francis has condemned the tragic and senseless shooting in Florida.
In a telegram sent to the Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pope’s behalf, Francis expressed his deep sadness for the tragic event.
Yesterday, Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, 19, went on a shooting rampage, killing 17 and wounding more than 15, including students and teachers, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, north of Miami.
In the telegram, the Pope assured all those affected by the “devastating attack” of his spiritual closeness, praying that Almighty God grant eternal rest to the dead and healing and consolation to the wounded and those who grieve.
Before Pope Francis invoked upon all involved divine blessings of peace and strength, he expressed his hope “that such senseless acts of violence may cease.”
Here is the Vatican-provided text of the Pope’s telegram:
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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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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