“I am spiritually close to the victims of the violence that has bloodied Texas, California, and Ohio in the United States in recent days, striking defenseless people.
I invite you to join my prayers for those who have lost their lives, for the wounded and their families,” he said, before intoning the Hail Mary prayer with which many joined in.”
For his Angelus message at midday on Sunday, Francis was referring to three separate incidents that occurred in the past week:
- A shooting last Sunday at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, during which 3 people were killed and 12 injured.
- A shooting on Saturday morning at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, killing at least 20 people and wounding another 26.
- A mass shooting on Sunday morning 1a.m. in Dayton, Ohio in which 9 people were killed and another 26 injured.