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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

“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]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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