The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has condemned the tragic and senseless shooting in Florida.
In a statement issued by the American prelate and published on the USCCB website, he expressed that the US bishops were “deeply saddened by the needless and tragic loss of life.” He also prayed that God’s mercy help comfort grieving families and sustain the wounded in healing, and invited all faithful to join him in prayer.
Yesterday, Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, 19, went on a shooting rampaging, killing 17 and wounding more than 15 people, including students and teachers, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Here is Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement, courtesy of the USCCB:
We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Broward County, Florida, and by the needless and tragic loss of life. May the mercy of God comfort the grieving families and sustain the wounded in their healing. Catholics and many other Christians have begun the journey of Lent today. I encourage us to unite our prayers and sacrifices for the healing and consolation of all those who have been affected by violence in these last weeks and for a conversion of heart, that our communities and nation will be marked by peace. I pray also for unity in seeking to build toward a society with fewer tragedies caused by senseless gun violence. Our hope is in the Lord, as he promised after his resurrection, ‘behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age’ (Mt. 28:20).