The Holy Father has reached out to Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki to send his assurance of his spiritual closeness to the archbishop of all those impacted by the Waukesha parade attack. Pope Francis sent the remarks through his Secretary of State. The message reads:
TO THE MOST REVEREND JEROME E. LISTECKI, ARCHBISHOP OF MILWAUKEE:
THE HOLY FATHER ASKS YOU KINDLY TO CONVEY THE ASSURANCE OF HIS SPIRITUAL CLOSENESS TO ALL AFFECTED BY THE TRAGIC INCIDENT THAT RECENTLY TOOK PLACE IN WAUKESHA. HE COMMENDS THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO DIED TO ALMIGHTY GOD’S LOVING MERCY AND IMPLORES THE DIVINE GIFTS OF HEALING AND CONSOLATION UPON THE INJURED AND BEREAVED. HE JOINS YOU IN ASKING THE LORD TO BESTOW UPON EVERYONE THE SPIRITUAL STRENGTH WHICH TRIUMPHS OVER VIOLENCE AND OVERCOMES EVIL WITH GOOD (CF. ROM 12:21).
CARDINAL PIETRO PAR OLIN
SECRETARY OF STATE