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'Deeply Saddened' by 'Senseless Violence,' Pope Assures All New Zealanders, and Especially Muslims, His Heartfelt Solidarity

Pope Sends Telegram for Terrorist Attack on Two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

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“Deeply saddened” by such “senseless acts of violence,” Pope Francis has assured all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of the shootings on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in two mosques, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims and their loved ones in a telegram today from Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who sent the telegram on the Pope’s behalf.

“Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation,” the telegram noted, “His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.”
“Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God,” it concluded, “Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation.”

Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Pope’s message:
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His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.  Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.  Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation.

Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
[Original text: English] [Vatican-provided 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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