Pope Francis on December 9, 2018, offered prayers for the victims of the stampede early morning of December 8, 2018, at a disco in the small town of Corinaldo, Italy, near the Adriatic Coast.
“A memory in my prayer for the boys and the mother who died in a discotheque in Corinaldo, in the province of Ancona, and for the numerous injured,” SIR News Agency quoted Pope Francis as saying after praying the noonday Angelus with some 45,000 of the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “I ask for the intercession of Our Lady for everyone.”
According to ANSA, patrons at the crowded concert venue panicked after someone sprayed a “stinging substance” at the concert by popular Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta. Panic ensued as the crowd — mostly teens — tried to leave. Six were killed, five of them minors and the sixth a parent of a concertgoer. In addition to the deaths, more than 50 were injured in the stampede to exit the venue, several seriously.