December 17, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow for the victims and survivors of Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut
elementary school that left 27 dead, including 20 children and the alleged gunman.
The Pope addressed the tragedy publicly for the first time
, during the Angelus on Sunday
.BENEDICT XVI“I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer. May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain.”
The Pope first offered his condolences
on Friday, soon after shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
On Saturday, the Vatican Secretary of State issued a press release on behalf of Benedict XVI saying he was praying for God
to console all those affected by the shooting.
That message was reinforced during Sunday's Angelus.BENEDICT XVI“During this Advent Season, let us dedicate ourselves more fervently to prayer and to acts of peace. Upon those affected by this tragedy, and upon each of you, I invoke God’s abundant blessings!”.
The community of Newtown has a population of about 2500, and is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Its Catholic Church, St. Rose of Lima, has become a gathering point in the aftermath of the shooting, for mourners to honor the victims and survivors of the shooting