Saying his heart was broken at the news of at least 19 children and two adults being shot and killed at a Texas elementary school, Pope Francis said it was time to say “Enough!” and enact stricter laws on gun sales.
At the end of his weekly general audience on 25th May, with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the pope prayed publicly for the victims of the shooting the day before at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“With a heart shattered over the massacre at the elementary school in Texas, I pray for the children and adults who were killed, and for their families,” the pope told the crowd.
“It is time to say, ‘Enough!’ to the indiscriminate trafficking of guns,” the pope said. “Let’s all work to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.”
Shortly before the audience, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio, an archdiocese that includes Uvalde, tweeted: “Holy Father Pope Francis, say some prayers for the souls of our little ones killed today and two teachers. Uvalde is in mourning. The families are having a very dark time. Your prayer will do good to them.”
Local authorities said the children and adults were killed by an 18-year-old student from a high school nearby. He also was reported dead and at least three children were reported to have been hospitalised for injuries suffered in the attack.
Picture: Women in Uvalde, Texas, react outside the Ssgt. Willie de Leon Civic Center where students were transported from Robb Elementary School after a suspected shooting on 24th May 2022. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, 14 students and a teacher died in the shooting and he said the 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, also was dead. (CNS photo/Marco Bello, Reuters)