Pope Francis expresses horror and condemnation over Orlando shooting

Reuters

Posted at Jun 13 2016 04:07 AM

An Orlando police officer walks the seen outside the Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on Sunday in Orlando, Florida. The suspect was shot and killed by police but not after people were killed and over 50 more were injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Gerardo Mora, Getty Images/AFP

MILAN (Reuters) - Pope Francis has expressed horror and condemnation over the mass shooting in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday in which 50 people were killed and dozens more wounded, according to Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.

In a statement, Lombardi said the Pope was shaken and saddened by the "homicidal folly and senseless hatred" of the attack.

"We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence," the statement said.

A gunman armed with an assault rifle carried out the attack on Sunday at a packed gay nightclub in what is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Kevin Liffey)