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Pope mourns toddlers killed in “unspeakable” Thailand attack



Portraits of young victims of a mass shooting in a nursery are displayed atop their coffins as funeral preparations get underway at Wat Si Uthai temple in Thailand's northeastern Nong Bua Lam Phu province on October 7, 2022. -

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 10/07/22

He asks for "divine healing and consolation" for the families

Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the grieving families in Thailand, through a note signed by his secretary of state to the papal representative in the country.

More than 30 people were killed in a knife- and shooting-spree at a preschool — more than two dozen were children, including one unborn child. Most of the victims were toddlers between 2 and 5 years old, including 3-year-old twin boys.

The attacker was Panya Khamrab, 34, who had been dismissed from his police force earlier this year due to methamphetamine possession.

The Pope’s note said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack” and that he offered his “heartfelt condolences and the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this act of unspeakable violence against innocent children.”

“In imploring divine healing and consolation upon the injured and the grieving families, His Holiness prays that, in this hour of immense sadness, they may draw support and strength from the solidarity of their neighbors and fellow citizens. Upon all the beloved Thai people, the Holy Father invokes the blessings of peace and perseverance in every good.”

Thailand is some 95% Buddhist.

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