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Pope reacts to Orlando shooting with horror, condemnation

June 13, 2016

Pope Francis decried the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting that left over 50 dead.

“The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred,” Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a statement.

“Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion,” he added. “Sharing in their indescribable suffering, he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.”

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Jun. 14, 2016 3:53 AM ET USA

    Were today's Church not so intent on continuing the process of abandoning its mission by agreeing to not talk about sin anymore, Father Lombardi might be able to figure out how to "identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence."