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Statement of Archbishop Cupich on Orlando Massacre
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Statement of Archbishop Cupich on Orlando Massacre

Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement from Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

June 12, 2016

Our prayers and hearts are with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, their families and our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. 

We are grateful to the first responders and civilians who heroically put themselves in harm’s way, providing an enduring reminder of what compassion and bravery look like--even in the face of such horror and danger.

In response to hatred, we are called to sow love. In response to violence, peace. And, in response to intolerance, tolerance.

The people of the Archdiocese of Chicago stand with the victims and their loved ones, and reaffirm our commitment, with Pope Francis, to address the causes of such tragedy, including easy access to deadly weapons. We can no longer stand by and do nothing


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