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A law enforcement officer keeps bystanders back from the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept.16. (CNS photo/Jason Reed, Reuters)

Yesterday Archbishop Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the US military services, issued the statement below in response to the shooting at Washington, DC’s Navy Yard, which left 13 people dead, including the alleged shooter, and eight more injured:

With all people of good will, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible loss of life this morning at the Navy Yard.  I have often visited and celebrated the Eucharist there.  It is a familiar place.   I also prayed for the victims, the wounded, and their families at the noon Mass at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.  Somehow we must restore the notion of respect for life into the fabric of the Nation.    When the uniqueness of the human person created in the image and likeness of God is universally recognized, the possibility of a mass shooting is more remote.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington also released a statement yesterday following the shooting:

I join people of all faiths across our community in praying for the people killed and wounded in the attack at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. I also pray for the family members and friends of the victims, as well as the first responders and emergency workers at the scene. While many facts are still unknown, our most powerful tool right now is prayer. The Church always calls us to prayer, particularly in moments of crisis. It is what we do best because it is what the Lord asks us to do.

 

 
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