Pope Francis prays for Manchester victims
Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.
‘His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence,’ read a telegram from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state.
‘He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.’
Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and 120 injured during the attack, carried out by a lone suicide bomber at Manchester Arena on the evening of Monday 22nd May.
The blast occurred in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at 10.35pm as US pop star Ariana Grande concluded her concert.
Picture: A billboard in Manchester City centre, the day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, as an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in Manchester. (Peter Byrne/PA).