Pope offers prayers to gun victims

Pope Benedict XVI has said he is "deeply shocked" by the "senseless violence" in the Colorado shootings, and offered his prayers so the survivors and relatives of the victims can find strength.

In his traditional Sunday blessing, Benedict said he shared the distress of the families and friends of the victims, and was praying for all "as a pledge of consolation and strength" for God.

On Friday, a gunman opened fire and set off gas canisters in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58.

Benedict spoke from the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, in the hills south of Rome.