Video: Benedict prays for school shooting victims, families

“May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain.”

Today during his weekly Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI addressed English-speaking pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square, expressing his grief over Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT and offering prayers and condolences for the families of the victims. The Holy Father’s remarks in English begin at 8:20 in the video below:

“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. Upon those affected by this tragedy, and upon each of you, I invoke God’s abundant blessings.”

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