October 2, 2017 / 12:48 PM / 2 years ago

Pope calls Las Vegas shooting a 'senseless tragedy'

Pope Francis receives a credential letter from Gerardo Angel Bugallo Ottone, new ambassador of Spain to the Holy See, during a private audience at the Vatican, October 2, 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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