Pope Francis expressed his spiritual closeness today with the victims of the shootings in two cities in the United States this weekend and the other last and prayed for the dozens of fatalities they have caused.
"Dear sisters and sisters, I am spiritually close to the victims of episodes of violence that these days have bloodied Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, against unarmed people," he said after the Sunday Angelus' prayer.
Francisco encouraged the hundreds of faithful who listened to him from St. Peter's Square to join his prayer "for all who have lost their lives, the injured and their families," he urged.
Then the pope plunged for a moment in silence to pray from the window of the Apostolic Palace, where the Angelus presides every Sunday, and then prayed a "Hail Mary."
In this way the pontiff referred to the killings of the last days in the United States, this morning in the American city of Dayton (Ohio), where there are at least 10 fatalities, including the attacker, and 16 wounded.
Another 20 people died in a mass shooting yesterday Saturday at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, and on July 28 four people were killed in an attack on an air food festival in the town of Gilroy, in the north Of California.
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