Church prays for victims of the Orlando, Fl. tragedy

 Archbishop Joseph Kurz, president of the USCCB, and the Catholic Bishops of the United States issued the following statement regarding the tragedy in Orlando, Fl. on June 12.

 
"Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act. The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person."
 
Bishop Matano offered Masses for the victims and requested that all our parishes offer special prayers for the victims this past weekend, June 18-19, "for the consolation of their loved ones and for an end to senseless, unspeakable violence that scars all humanity in its blatant disregard for the dignity of every person as a child of God."