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Bishop Burbidge responds to the murder of 9 Christians in South Carolina

With incredible sadness and heartache we learned this morning of the murder of 9 congregants of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. who were gathered for prayer. In solidarity with my brother Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, I ask all the Catholic faithful and people of good will in the Diocese of Raleigh to stop at some point today, and offer sincere and thoughtful prayer for the 9 victims of this horrific crime and for their families. While it may be difficult, especially with the crime being so recent, we should also pray for the man who committed this heinous crime and for all those in law enforcement working tirelessly to bring forth justice. In addition, through our prayers, words and deeds, may we strive daily to do our part, with God’s grace, to create a society of peace and love.