Bishops request prayers for the victims of the Florida school tragedy

February 15, 2018

Bishop Matano joins with his brother bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in praying for the victims of the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and for their families. Please also keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Below is a statement by the President of the USCCB, His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, on behalf of the bishops:

“We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Broward County, Florida, and by the needless and tragic loss of life. May the mercy of God comfort the grieving families and sustain the wounded in their healing. Catholics and many other Christians have begun the journey of Lent today. I encourage us to unite our prayers and sacrifices for the healing and consolation of all those who have been affected by violence in these last weeks and for a conversion of heart, that our communities and nation will be marked by peace. I pray also for unity in seeking to build toward a society with fewer tragedies caused by senseless gun violence. Our hope is in the Lord, as he promised after his resurrection, ‘behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age’ (Mt. 28:20).”