Pope Francis expressed his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commended the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel and offered the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died.
Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who had lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invoked God's blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.
Cardinal DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote Bishop Arnold, Bishop of Salford, England, and assured him of the prayers of Catholics in the United States.
"Words are not enough to convey the deep shock and sadness with which Catholics and all people of goodwill in the United States learned of the horrible attack which took place at England's Manchester Arena....Evil, as dense and dark as it is, never has the last word. As we prepare to celebrate the new dawn of Pentecost again, may the Easter words of the risen Christ, 'Peace be with you,' settle deep into the hearts of the citizens of your great country."