Tuesday, May 23, 2017

USCCB president offers condolences to victims and families of Manchester terror attack

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is expressing shock and sadness in the wake of Monday's terror attack at Manchester Arena.
  
In this moment of national tragedy and grief for England, Cardinal DiNardo has written a letter of condolence to the Most Reverend John Stanley Kenneth Arnold, bishop of Salford and the people of England. 

The Diocese of Salford serves the area of greater Manchester and Lancashire. 

In the letter, Cardinal DiNardo expresses solidarity along with the continued prayers of the church in the United States in the face of such unspeakable loss.   

Dear Bishop Arnold,

Words are not enough to convey the deep shock and sadness with which Catholics and all people of good will in the United States learned of the horrible attack which took place yesterday at England's Manchester Arena.

The unspeakable loss of life, terrible injuries, and untold trauma to families — especially to children — summon prayers from around the world. In a way, I assure you and all those who suffer from this atrocious evil the continued prayers of the Church in the United States.

We commend to the comforting arms of our crucified and Risen Lord the many who have died, and we entrust to Our Lady of Manchester those who suffer.

Evil, as dense and dark as it is, never has the last word. As we prepare to celebrate the new dawn of Pentecost again, may the Easter words of the Risen Christ, "Peace be with you" (John 20:19), settle deep into the hearts of the citizens of your great country.

— Fraternally in the Risen Lord,
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Bishop John Arnold has issued the following statement following the attack in Manchester on May 22

The citizens of Manchester and the members of the Catholic community are united in condemning the attack on the crowds at the Manchester Arena. 

Such an attack can have no justification. I thank the emergency services for their prompt and speedy response which saved lives. 

We join in prayer for all those who have died and for the injured and their families and all affected by this tragedy. 

We must all commit ourselves to working together, in every way, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity.

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Pope Francis has sent a telegram expressing condolences to the victims of Monday night's bombing of a concert venue in Manchester, England, and condemning the attack, in which at least 22 people were killed and 59 others injured. 

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. 

He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. 

Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.

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