Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

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Statement from Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, regarding the shooting incident at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas

November 6, 2017

“Once again we are shocked and heartbroken at the latest incident in our country of senseless gun violence, this time at a house of worship, a place of prayer and peace.

I ask the faithful of the diocese and all people of goodwill to join me in prayer asking our most merciful and compassionate God for healing for those injured, His loving care for those who have died, and comfort and consolation for their families.

As we try to comprehend this horrific incident, we recall the words of Saint Pope John Paul II who implored us to reject a culture of death and embrace a culture of life.

May the Lord of life send us His Spirit that peace and love will prevail among all people always and everywhere.

+Nelson J. Perez

Bishop of Cleveland


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