Pope Francis offered his prayers and spiritual closeness to the victims and relatives of victims of three recent shootings in the United States.

The Holy Father’s remorseful remarks come from his Angelus address from the window of the Apostolic Palace to the Faithful in Saint Peter’s Square last Sunday, offering his prayers and asking others to do the same.

“I invite you to join in my prayer for those who have lost their life, for the injured and for their families.”

He also offered his spiritual closeness, leading the Faithful in praying a Hail Mary for the victims of the three shooting attacks that tragically claimed the lives of over 30 people and leaving dozens more wounded and injured.

“I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that have caused bloodshed in Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, harming defenseless people.”

On the 28th of July, a shooting at California’s Gilroy Garlic Festival resulted in the death of three people, including two children. Just under a week later on the 3rd of August, a shooting at an El Paso, Texas Walmart shopping center led to the deaths of 22. A day later, 9 were killed in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio’s historic Oregon district known for its restaurants, specialty shops, and nightclubs – the 22nd mass killing this year so far in the United States.

You can read Pope Francis’ full Sunday Angelus address here.

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