· The Pope condemns the senseless act of violence that claimed 22 lives ·
The first victim of the carnage in Manchester was identified as 18-year-old Georgina Bethany Callandar. Just hours before, she had ‘tweeted’ her excitement about attending the concert of her favourite singer, Ariana Grande, at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening, 22 May. Following the event, as the crowd exited the Arena, a suicide bomber struck, claiming at least 22 lives and injuring over 120 concert-goers, children among them.
A telegram was sent on Tuesday, 23 May, expressing Pope Francis’ condolences and solidarity for the victims of the barbaric attack, and for all those who are suffering in its aftermath. The telegram, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, on behalf of the Holy Father, states that the Pope “was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation”.
St. Peter’s Square
May 22, 2019
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