Holy Father Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to His Excellency Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Florida, expressing his deep sadness over the mass shooting that took place at a high school in the US state. His Holiness Pope Francis conveyed his spiritual closeness to all those affected by the attack, in the communication signed by Vatican Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

As reported by Vatican Radio, the message read, “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  Assuring all those affected by this devastating attack of his spiritual closeness, he prays that Almighty God may grant eternal rest to the dead and healing and consolation to the wounded and those who grieve.” Further, it read, “With the hope that such senseless acts of violence may cease, Pope Francis invokes upon all of you the divine blessings of peace and strength.”

At least 17 people were killed and others wounded after a 19-year-old former student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida opened fire at the campus. It was the sixth school shooting in 2018 that have either injured or killed students in the US.