Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

1404 East 9th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Statement from Bishop Perez on the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Our country has suffered another horrific shooting at a place of worship that has claimed many lives and injured others.  Once again, all people of goodwill are heartbroken over this latest incident of senseless violence. This heinous act directed at worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania reminds of us of the precious nature of human life.

I am deeply saddened that the violence that plagues our world today has invaded sacred places of worship.  As people of faith, we condemn the evil of violence and pray for the gift of peace.

I ask everyone in Northeast Ohio to join together with me in prayer for the victims of this shooting and for their families, for all the public safety responders and for the Pittsburgh area communities stunned so deeply by this unthinkable incident.  May our witness of prayer and solidarity bring some sense of solace to their lives and may the God of all love and compassion provide consolation and healing in the wake of this tragedy.

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