Archbishop Eamon Martin offers prayers for those killed and injured in the Orlando shootings

by | 12 Jun, 2016 | News

Archbishop Eamon Martin has offered prayers for those killed and injured in the Orlando shootings. Archbishop Eamon said, “Like many people across Ireland I have been greatly shocked and saddened when hearing of the shootings today in Orlando, Florida.  Many Irish families enjoy visits to this beautiful and friendly place, and it is heartbreaking to hear about such a high number of people killed in violent circumstances.  The taking of innocent human life is always wrong.  On behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference I wish to express my profound condolences and I offer prayers of solidarity from Ireland to those who have been touched by this tragedy in the United States.  In the coming days I ask that the faithful remember in their prayers, and at Mass, all those who have been injured or killed, and their families.”

Separately, a statement released  by the Holy See Press Office Director, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, said, “The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.”



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