Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pope Francis offers prayers for Boston victims

People comfort each other after explosions went off at
the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Two
bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish
line of the marathon, killing at least three people,
including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more
than 140.
(Photograph by CNS/Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters)
Pope Francis has sent his “sympathy and closeness in prayer” to the people of Boston in a telegram sent on his behalf.

The telegram reads:

His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston

Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer.

In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, his holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response.

At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Romans 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State

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