Pope Francis has paid tribute to the victims of the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh and spoke of his closeness to the Jewish community there in an address at the Vatican on Sunday morning.
In his Angelus address, he said: “May the Most High welcome the dead in His peace, comfort their families and support the wounded.”
The Pope also condemned the religiously motivated attack and asked that the Lord “extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develops in our societies”.
Eleven people died when shooting suspect Robert Bowers opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday morning during the Sabbath service in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood.
Bowers reportedly shouted “all Jews must die,” as he carried out at his attack.
Pope Francis prayed for the dead, the injured and the families of those affected by the shooting and said that “all of us are wounded by this inhumane act of violence”.
The Pope asked God for a “strengthening sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values and the Holy fear of God, who is Love and Father of all”.