| By Cindy Wooden

Pope Prays for Texas Shooting Victims, Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

Saying his heart was broken at the news of at least 19 children and two adults being shot and killed at a Texas elementary school, Pope Francis said it was time to say “Enough!” and enact stricter laws on gun sales.

At the end of his weekly general audience May 25, with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the pope prayed publicly for the victims of the shooting the day before at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, which is about 100 miles west of San Antonio and part of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

“With a heart shattered over the massacre at the elementary school in Texas, I pray for the children and adults who were killed and for their families,” the pope told the crowd.

“It is time to say, ‘Enough!’ to the indiscriminate trafficking of guns,” the pope said. “Let’s all work to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.”

Shortly before the audience, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio, tweeted: “Holy Father Pope Francis, say some prayers for the souls of our little ones killed today and two teachers. Uvalde is in mourning. The families are having a very dark time. Your prayer will do good to them.”

Bishop Joe Vásquez also called for the diocese to join him in prayer.

“I am deeply saddened by this tragic event that took the lives of so many innocent children and their teacher. My prayers go out to all the victims, their families, friends, and the entire Uvalde community.
Through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows, may God’s infinite love and mercy grant strength to those who mourn, healing and consolation to the wounded, and peace to all who grieve,” he said in a statement the evening of May 24.