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Pope Francis sends condolences to victims of Waukesha Christmas Parade attack

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Kenosha residents attend a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims of an attack on a Christmas parade, in Waukesha, Wis, Nov. 22, 2021. Pope Francis sent his condolences to the victims and families of the attack. (CNS photo/Daniel Steinle, Reuters) NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MUST DISCARD 30 DAYS AFTER DOWNLOAD.

VATICAN CITY¬† — Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the victims of a tragic attack at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that claimed the lives of five people and left dozens injured.

In a message sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, to Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, the pope assured “his spiritual closeness to all affected by the tragic incident that recently took place in Waukesha.”

The pope “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,” said the message released Nov. 23 by the Vatican.

Authorities said Nov. 22 that five people died when a red SUV broke through a barricade about 4:39 p.m. local time and drove down the street on which the parade was taking place.

People gesture as they speak to a police officer after a car plowed through a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., in this still image obtained from a Nov. 21, 2021 social media video. Pope Francis sent his condolences to the victims and families of the attack. (CNS photo/Jordan Woynilko, handout via Reuters) ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MUST DISCARD 30 DAYS AFTER DOWNLOAD. MANDATORY CREDIT.

A video posted on the website of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showed an SUV speeding down the street between parade participants and spectators either sitting or standing on the curb.

At least 48 people, including 18 children, were injured in the attack, authorities said.

Police took Darrell E. Brooks Jr., a Milwaukee man with a criminal history, including numerous violent felonies, into custody. According to The New York Times, authorities said Brooks left the scene of a domestic disturbance before the attack and is currently facing five counts of intentional homicide.

The parade is one the city’s biggest and most beloved annual events, drawing viewers and participants from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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