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Cdl. DiNardo decries Texas church shooting, ‘fundamental problem in our society’

A man and woman attended a candlelight vigil after a mass shooting Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A gunman entered the church during Sunday services taking the lives of at least 26 people and injuring several more.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic Church stands "in unity" with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting in Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others.

The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old, and included 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy. Her father, Frank Pomeroy, is pastor of the church, but he wasn't at the service.

Cdl. DiNardo decries Texas church shooting, 'fundamental problem in our society'

A man and woman attended a candlelight vigil after a mass shooting Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A gunman entered the church during Sunday services taking the lives of at least 26 people and injuring several more.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Catholic Church stands "in unity" with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others.

Those who died ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old, and included 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy. Her father, Frank Pomeroy, is pastor of the church but he was not at the service.

Do not let hate, violence ‘have the last word,’ says Las Vegas bishop

People mourned at an interfaith memorial service Oct. 2 in Las Vegas for victims of a shooting spree directed at an outdoor country music festival late Oct. 1. A gunman perched in a room on the 32nd floor of a casino hotel unleashed a shower of bullets on the festival below, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500.

LAS VEGAS — At an emotional interfaith prayer service at Guardian Angel Cathedral, Las Vegas Bishop Joseph A. Pepe told those filling the pews Oct. 2 that "in the face of tragedy we need each other."

"And in the face of violence, we stand together because we cannot let hate and violence have the last word," he said in his remarks at the evening service.

"We gather from all faiths and walks of life. We pray and sing and listen to the word of God to remind ourselves that amidst this tragedy, God is with us," Bishop Pepe said. "God cries with our tears."

Churches serve as link to support for police officers

Tom Niebling of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish joined the procession to support police Nov. 21 in south St. Louis. “There’s been so much hatred against police, we’ve got to show them some support,” Niebling said.

The signs outside two neighboring parish churches in south St. Louis expressed the sentiment amplified by hundreds of people who marched along the streets linking the two.

At St. Gabriel Church, the illuminated sign read "Pray of our First Responders." At St. Joan of Arc Church, "Thank You, Officers" was the message of the day.

Holy Infant parishioners pray for peace and unity, following shooting of Ballwin police officer

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The shooting of a Ballwin police officer about 1/4 mile from Holy Infant School and church has shaken the quiet suburb of St. Louis.  The Parish gathered together for Mass and to pray the rosary for peace. 

Daily communicant from St Clare of Assisi, Anthony Palazzolo, prayed in the pew. "We are called, just like the disciples, to share the message of God's plan for unity," he said

Less than 24 hours after a Ballwin police officer was shot in the line of duty, parishioners at Holy Infant came together for a Mass and Rosary for peace and unity.

Officer Mike Flamion, who has served the Ballwin Police Department since December 2014, was critically wounded July 8 during a routine traffic stop along New Ballwin Road. Charges were filed against the suspect, 31-year-old Antonio Taylor of St. Louis. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described the shooting as an "ambush" against the officer.

'A sword has pierced heart' of city, says Orlando bishop about shooting

Father Jorge Torres, director of vocations for the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., prayed with young people who participated in the "Vigil to Dry Tears" June 13 at St. James Cathedral in Orlando. Father Torres is among the Orlando diocesan priests lending a hand in counseling families and friends of victims of the June 12 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla.-- Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan urged people of faith "to turn their hearts and souls" to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12.

"A sword has pierced the heart of our city," he wrote in a statement.

"The healing power of Jesus goes beyond our physical wounds but touches every level of our humanity: physical, emotional, social, spiritual," he stated . "Jesus calls us to remain fervent in our protection of life and human dignity and to pray unceasingly for peace in our world."

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