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Pope Francis Expresses ‘Horror’ And ‘Condemnation’ Over Orlando Terror Attack

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Casey Harper Contributor

Pope Francis expressed horror over the Orlando terror attack that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded Sunday.

Omar Mateen reportedly called 911 to declare his allegiance to Islamic State before opening fire on in Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub. The Holy See Press Office released a statement Sunday mourning the “dreadfully high number of innocent victims.”

“The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred,” the statement reads. “Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion.”

Police ended up killing Mateen, 29. He was the son of Afghan immigrants and had been previously investigated by the FBI. Now, families and loved ones are trying to deal with the loss.

“Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort,” the statement continues. “We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.”

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