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10/29/2018
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., on the mass killing in a Pittsburgh synagogue
People mourn during a memorial service at the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall of the University of Pittsburgh Oct. 28, a day after a deadly shooting the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. At least 11 people were killed and six others wounded, including four police officers, during the Oct. 27 shooting at the synagogue. CNS photo/Jeffrey Becker, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters
People mourn during a memorial service at the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall of the University of Pittsburgh Oct. 28, a day after a deadly shooting the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. At least 11 people were killed and six others wounded, including four police officers, during the Oct. 27 shooting at the synagogue. CNS photo/Jeffrey Becker, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

The devastating tragedy in Pittsburgh and the senseless loss of life at the Tree of Life Synagogue make it horribly clear, once again, that the effects of such hatred and violence are felt by us all, here at home and around the world. 

Hatred and the evil it generates, however, cannot be the thing that unites us in society – faith and the love it promotes must bring us together as sisters and brothers of a loving God.  

As Catholics, we join in heartfelt prayer for those who have died, and we grieve with those who mourn. May God help us embrace one another as sisters and brothers in the face of tragedy and strengthen our resolve to reject the hatred and violence that attempt to tear us apart.



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