Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Disaster Response

Prayers, Condolences, Calls for Peace & Healing following the Manchester Attack

Pope Francis decries the barbaric attack; Cardinal DiNardo expresses deep shock and sadness

Pope Francis expressed his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commended the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel and offered the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died.

Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who had lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invoked God's blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.

Cardinal DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote Bishop Arnold, Bishop of Salford, England, and assured him of the prayers of Catholics in the United States.

"Words are not enough to convey the deep shock and sadness with which Catholics and all people of goodwill in the United States learned of the horrible attack which took place at England's Manchester Arena....Evil, as dense and dark as it is, never has the last word. As we prepare to celebrate the new dawn of Pentecost again, may the Easter words of the risen Christ, 'Peace be with you,' settle deep into the hearts of the citizens of your great country."

Church Calls for Prayers, Reflection, Civility and Dialogue

USCCB President calls us to "Gather at the Cross" in the wake of the assassination of Dallas police officers

The assassination of Dallas police officers last night was an act of unjustifiable evil. To all people of good will, let us beg for the strength to resist the hatred that blinds us to our common humanity. To my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us gather at the Cross of Jesus. Our Savior suffered at the hands of humanity's worst impulses, but He did not lose hope in us or in His heavenly father. Love overcomes evil. [More]

Intercessary Prayer
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati

 "For an end to hatred and division; for those killed by violence in recent events in our country; for the wisdom and desire to seek ways of love and respect for one another; for law enforcement officers who seek to maintain safety on our streets; and for a true commitment to overcome division in America.  We pray to the Lord."