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 Church Leaders Pray for Peace in wake of Boston bombing

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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Church Leaders Pray for Peace in wake of Boston bombing   الأربعاء 17 أبريل 2013, 2:45 am

Church Leaders Pray for Peace in
wake of Boston bombing



Cardinal
Seán O'Malley. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA


Washington D.C.(EWTN News/CNA):
Catholic leaders offered prayers and sent words of peace to those affected by
the explosions at the Boston Marathon, encouraging the faithful to pray for
those involved and for the souls of those who have died.
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston expressed his
“deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston
Marathon,” offering “prayers and concern” for those who were affected by the
explosions, “especially the loved ones of those who lives were lost and those
who were injured, and the injured themselves.”
The cardinal said that the city of Boston and all
of Massachusetts are “blessed” for the first responders who aided victims. He
praised the governor, mayor and police commissioner for “providing the
leadership that will see us through this most difficult time.”
He also
offered encouragement to the faithful, reminding them that in “the midst of the
darkness of this tragedy we turn to the light of Jesus Christ, the light that
was evident in the lives of people who immediately turned to help those in need
today.”
At around 2:50 p.m. on April 15, two large
explosions shook the center of Boston, near the finish line of the Boston
Marathon. According to statements by the Commissioner Edward Davis of the Boston
Police Department at an April 16 press conference, there have been over 175
injured, including 17 in critical condition, and three deaths.
U.S. President Barack Obama said the FBI is
investigating the bombing “as an act of terrorism,” although the perpetrator and
motive are not yet known.
A “deeply grieved” Pope Francis assured the people
of Boston of his “sympathy and closeness in prayer,” calling for peace and
efforts to “combat evil with good” through a memo sent via Holy See Secretary of
State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president
of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, also issued a statement on the
event, saying that the “tragic end” of the marathon “reminds us all that evil
exists and that life is fragile.”
The deaths and injuries of people gathered for
the celebration on Patriots Day in Boston calls on all of us to pray for the
souls of those killed, the healing of those injured and the restoration of peace
for all of us unsettled by the bombings at a world renowned sporting event,” he
stated.
The cardinal also offered “special prayers” for
the Archdiocese of Boston and those working to help the wounded and their
families.
He called for sensible security measures in order
to oppose a “growing culture of violence in our world and even in our country,”
as well as “an examination by all of us to see what we can personally do to
enhance peace and respect for one another in our world.”
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., also
grieved for those who were injured and deceased, saying that the event “stunned
us all” and reminding the faithful that “our most powerful tool right now is
prayer.”
While at this time we do not know the cause of
these explosions, we know that the answer to the world’s darkness is to open our
hearts to the light of Christ,” he said.
Our faith in the Risen Christ in such times of

sorrow offers us the confident hope that death shall not have the last
word.”
Several bishops from across the country also
voiced prayers and concern on social media outlets soon after news of the
bombing broke.
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas posted a brief
message on Twitter, inviting “all the people of Dallas to pray for those who
have died and for those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.”
My thoughts and prayers are with the city of
Boston and particularly with the spectators and runners participating at the
Boston Marathon today,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, who
reached out on Facebook to call for prayers and peace for all those impacted by
the tragedy.
Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of
Indianapolis, who was once a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston, posted a
Prayer for Victims of Terrorism on Facebook.
The prayer calls on God to welcome “the victims of
violence and terrorism” with love, offering comfort to their families and all
those who grieve.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,” the prayer
said, asking God to “bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your
love.”
“Strengthen all those who work for peace, (a)nd
may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts,” it
added.
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Church Leaders Pray for Peace in wake of Boston bombing
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