Bishop Burbidge issued a statement on Twitter this morning asking the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh to fervently pray for all those who were killed and injured in the act of terror in Orlando as well as for their family members. Bishop Burbidge asked all pastors to remember these intentions at all parish Masses during this week and next weekend.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops additionally stated, “…the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act.”
Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., also issued the following statement on behalf of His Holiness, Pope Francis: “The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering, he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.”