Pope feels "heartfelt grief" after school shooting
The following Telegram was sent to the Diocese of Bridgeport on behalf of Pope Benedict
XVI when he was informed of the horrific shooting attack in Connecticut in which a
gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.
"The Holy Father was promptly
informed of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and he has asked
me to convey his heartfelt grief and the assurance of this closeness in prayer to
the victims and their families, and to all affected by the shocking event. In the
aftermath of this senseless tragedy he asks God, our Father, to console allthose who
mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs
over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love."
Tarcisio Berton, Secretary of State VATICAN