Pope Francis Urges Prayer in Wake of Orlando Massacre


News from the USCCB
USCCB President Reacts To "Unspeakable Violence In Orlando; Offers Prayers For The Victims - A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville President of the United States Conference of Catholic BishopsWASHINGTON—Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act. The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.


News from the Pope:
Pope Francis Urges Prayer in Wake of Orlando Massacre - VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and Church leaders in the United States prayed for the victims and the families affected by the June 12 shooting at a nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people.

In a June 12 statement, Father Federico Lombardi, the Holy See press officer, said the “terrible massacre,” which has left a “dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred.”

“Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion,” the statement reads. “Sharing in their indescribable suffering, he entrusts them to the Lord, so they may find comfort.”...Read More
News from the Church:
Apostle of the Apostles By the express wish of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published a new Decree on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 3 June 2016, in which the celebration of Saint Mary Magdalene was elevated and inscribed in the General Roman Calendar with the rank of Feast....Read more