As often is the case with Pope Francis, he comments on events that happen within the U.S., most of the time to criticize western society, but this time he offers his sincere condolences to the people and families in Waukesha Wisconsin. The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the condolences on behalf of Francis to archbishop, Monsignor Jerome Listecki, of Milwaukee. As reported by the AP:
Pope Francis wanted the people in the Wisconsin community to know that he is spiritually close to them, and he is keeping them in his prayers
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis sent his condolences Tuesday to the victims of the Christmas parade crash in Milwaukee that killed five people and said he was praying for “spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good.”
The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the telegram of condolences on behalf of Francis to the archbishop of Milwaukee, Monsignor Jerome Listecki.
Francis asked that those affected by the “tragic incident” know he is spiritually close to them and called on “the Lord to bestow upon everyone the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good.”
Police say Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was behind the wheel of the SUV that sped through the parade route in Waukesha on Sunday, killing five and injuring 48 others. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place just minutes earlier.
One of the pending legal cases against Brooks at the time was that he had deliberately hit a woman with his car in early November after a fight.