News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Pope July 2021 banner.JPG
PA
POPE on french priest death Credit Reuters.JPG
World News

Pope Francis sends message of 'spiritual closeness' to bereaved families in Plymouth

by Donna Birrell

Pope Francis has sent a message to the families of those who died in the Plymouth shootings.

The letter, sent to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Mark O'Toole, expressed the Pope's "spiritual closeness and blessing" to the bereaved and his hopes that people can "overcome every evil with good". 

Sent last week via the Secretary of State at the Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the message read :

"Saddened to learn of last Thursday's shooting in Plymouth, his Holiness Pope Francis asks you kindly to convey to those affected the assurance of his spiritual closeness.

'He joins you in commending the souls of those who died to Almighty God's loving mercy and he implores the divine gifts of healing and consolation upon the injured and bereaved.'

'With prayers that Christ the Redeemer will grant to all the strength to renounce violence and to overcome every evil with good. His Holiness cordially imparts his apostolic blessing.'

22 year old  Jake Davison, shot and killed five people including his mother before turning the gun on himself in the worst mass shooting in the UK in more than a decade. 


 

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate