Pope Francis sent his condolences to Austria after a terrorist attack Monday evening left four dead and 22 injured.

A letter addressed to Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn from the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said:

“Deeply affected, the Holy Father Francis learned the news of the violent acts in Vienna, which brought death and pain to innocent persons. His Holiness expresses his profound participation to the victims’ family members and the whole Austrian people; moreover, he is close to the wounded and prays for their speedy healing. Pope Francis entrusts the victims to God’s mercy and implores the Lord, that violence and hatred may cease and peaceful coexistence be promoted in the society. His Holiness accompanies all those that have been affected by this tragedy with his heartfelt Blessing.”

Pope Francis also expressed his closeness to the people of Austria in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.

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  1. Peace through strength. Christ Crucified, convert even the darkest of hearts by Your obedient but willing blood sacrifice. The Sign of the Cross is our ultimate sign of love. All holy Catholic martyrs and Holy Innocents slain by Herod, pray for us. Amen.


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