Pope Offers Prayers for victims of Connecticut school massacre
Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the victims of Friday's mass murder of school children in Newtown, Connecticut on Sunday. Speaking in English to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray the Angelus with him on this third Sunday in Advent, the Holy Father renewed expressions of his profound grief over the incident, as well as his promises of prayers for the victims and spiritual closeness to their families. The Pope went on to call all the faithful everywhere to renew their prayer and action in favour of the cause of peace.
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Pope Benedict's English remarks: I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today's Angelus. 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. During this Advent Season, let us dedicate ourselves more fervently to prayer and to acts of peace.