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Pope Consoles Survivors Of Las Vegas Shooting

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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Pope Francis sent prayers to the survivors and families of the victims of the Mandalay Bay Hotel shooting in Las Vegas.

Francis sent a telegram to Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas Monday via Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to express “spiritual closeness” with and condolences for the community of Las Vegas, where a gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire on a crowd of people Sunday at the Mandalay Resort, according to Crux Now. Paddock fired on a crowd of 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of the hotel during the Route 91 Harvest Concert, killing 50 and wounding more than 400.

“Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy,” Parolin’s message to Pepe reads. “He commends the efforts of those police and emergency services personnel, and offers the promise of his prayers for the injured and for all who have died, entrusting them to the merciful love of almighty God.” (RELATED: Massacre At Mandalay: Gunman Kills At Least 50 At Country Music Concert [VIDEO])

Authorities confirmed that Paddock is dead and believe he committed suicide, but have yet to determine Paddock’s motive for committing mass murder.

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