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Pope Francis ‘heartbroken' over Texas school shooting

 This March 2022 photo provided by Manny Renfro shows his grandson, Uziyah Garcia, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. The 8-year-old was among those killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas (Manny Renfro via AP)
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Pope Francis has said he is “heartbroken about the massacre” at a school in Texas.

Speaking during his general audience, Francis said he was praying for the children and adults killed and their families after a gunman opened fire at the school in the Texas town of Uvalde, killing at least 19 children and two adults before he was shot and killed.

“It’s time to say ‘enough’ to the indiscriminate trade of weapons,” Francis said.

He called for a renewed commitment “so that tragedies like this cannot occur again”.

The Pope has long protested against the weapons industry, calling arms manufacturers “merchants of death”.

People react outside the Civic Center following a deadly school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) 

A woman cries as she leave the Uvalde Civic Center following a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP) 

People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP) 

People pray at Sacred Heart Church Tuesday evening, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas, after a gunman earlier in the day entered Robb Elementary School and killed multiple children and adults (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP) 

An American flag flies at half-mast at the White House in Washington DC to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) 

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