October 2, 2017 / 12:50 PM / 15 days ago

Pope calls Las Vegas shooting a "senseless tragedy"

Pope Francis gestures as he talks during a pastoral visit in Cesena, Italy October 1, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has called the killing of more than 50 people by a gunman in Las Vegas a “senseless tragedy”.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the shooting in Las Vegas, Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy,” said a message sent to the Roman Catholic bishop of the Nevada city on Monday.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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