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FEATURE: Prayer Vigil for Las Vegas Victims Held at American Parish in Rome

Fr. Greg, Chaplain of US Faithful Residing in Rome, Called for Hope

In Rome, the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas have been honored.

In a vigil organized by Rome’s American parish of St. Patrick’s, located on Via Buoncompagni, a special prayer vigil was held this evening, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, to remember those innocent victims lost.

During a concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 2, more than 58 lives were claimed and left some 500 others injured, marking the worst mass shooting in US history.

The singing of Amazing Grace by the entire congregation was at the start of tonight’s vigil, where representatives of the US Embassy to the Holy See, which helped organize the event, were also in attendance.

In his homily, Fr. Greg Apparcel, chaplain of US faithful residing in Rome, asked those present to observe a few moments of silence for those “servants tragically torn from this life,” and for those wounded and for the country.

Praying for urgent forgiveness and human healing, the priest said:“May we find hope in our Faith—you are a God of Love.”

After the homily, one could hear a pin drop, but then the faithful sang together, one day after the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi: ‘Make me a Channel of Your Peace.’

Mr. Luis Bono, Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy to the Holy See, offered a reflection where he condemned mass shootings, recalling those in Orlando, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, and called for solutions.
Pope Francis expressed this in his condolences to the loved ones and victims of those affected by the tragic shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017, in a message sent on his behalf by Vatican Secretary of State. In it, the Pope assured those suffering of his prayers, thanks those responding to the tragedy and commends the souls of those who died to the merciful love of almighty God.
Located just a few steps away from the U.S. Embassy to Italy, St. Patrick’s Church is the new American Catholic parish in Rome. The community moved to the new church from the church they had called home for the past 95 years, Santa Susanna.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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