Tag: gun violence

El Paso priest: ‘So many funerals,’

WASHINGTON | Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time. He was among several priests in El Paso, Texas, summoned to help out where they could in the hours following the brazen Aug. 3 assault at a Walmart store in the Texas border town that left 22 dead and dozens of… Read more »

U.S. bishops urge end to hateful rhetoric

WASHINGTON | Three U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen have called on the nation’s elected officials “to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds” of the country caused by the Aug. 3 and 4 mass shootings and urged an end to hateful rhetoric many see as a factor in the violence particularly in Texas. “The tragic… Read more »

El Paso bishop meets with victims of Texas shooting

WASHINGTON | The bishop of El Paso, Texas, met with the families of those who were killed and wounded during the Aug. 3 shooting at a Walmart in the city where he serves, and in a statement following the meeting said his heart “was breaking,” after seeing up-close the human aftermath of the crime. “As… Read more »

Beyond prayers, U.S. bishops stress action after deadly shootings

WASHINGTON|In response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3 and 4, several U.S. bishops expressed their support and prayers for victims while also expressing outrage that these tragedies continue to occur. Some bishops kept their reaction brief, within the 280-character confines of Twitter, but others posted links to their… Read more »

‘Conquer bitterness with sacrificial love,’ bishop tells Virginians

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. | Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond celebrated Masses at St. Gregory the Great and St. John the Apostle churches in Virginia Beach June 2, two days after 12 people were killed in the city’s Municipal Center. One victim, Kate Nixon, was a member of St. Gregory the Great; another, Mary Lou… Read more »

Florida bishop among those calling for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded. “Action is needed to attempt to reduce the frequency of these heinous acts,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida,… Read more »

Florida Catholic school’s prayer service marks school shooting anniversary

PARKLAND | One day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, neighboring Mary Help of Christians School held a prayer service to pay tribute to the victims. The event was attended by teachers, staff, students, parents and invited guests, including Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and the parents, family… Read more »

Archbishop Gomez: ‘Pray hard’ for all affected by Calif. shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez urged those attending a prayer vigil Nov. 8 to honor the memory of the victims killed in a shooting spree the evening before “by living our lives with greater intensity and purpose and with greater love for one another.” “May our Lord in his mercy… Read more »

Walkout turns into ‘walk up’ at Miami school

Tied to Parkland by geography, students choose heart as symbol of their call to action   FORT LAUDERDALE | They turned their fear into prayer and their anger into action. One month after the deaths of 14 of their peers — and three teachers — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, students in… Read more »

How some Catholic schools approached the National School Walkout over guns

Denver, Colo. |  On Wednesday, thousands of students throughout the United States walked out of classrooms as part of National School Walkout, a demonstration calling for safer schools and increased gun control, in the wake of the February high school shooting that left 17 Florida students dead. Many of the walkouts were planned to last… Read more »