Tuesday, July 26, 2011

EUROPE: NORWAY: PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES FROM BISHOPS

Bishops from the USA and Canada have offered prayers for the people of Norway. On July 22, 93 people were killed in an act of terrorism. Please see story: http://jceworld.blogspot.com/2011/07/europe-norway-92-killed-in-bombing-and.html
The USCCB release this quote from Archbishop Dolan: “Please accept the deepest condolences of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at this moment of terrible sadness in the beautiful nation of Norway. The assault on government buildings in Oslo and a neighboring youth camp reminds us again of the fragility of life and the challenge to overcome evil in its many forms,” Archbishop Dolan said.

“The almost unfathomable tragedy and the deaths of so many innocent people touch the hearts of people all around the world and call us to special prayer for the victims, their families and the people of Norway especially.

“The Catholic bishops of the United States are in particular solidarity with the Scandinavian Bishops Conference at this time. We pray that you may experience God’s grace as you console your people at this moment of intense pain and outrage.
(image source: India Today)
“We join with the church in Scandinavia in working towards peace in our society. As we see exacerbated social divisions overshadow the fact that we are all brothers and sisters who seek a better world for all, we ask God’s guidance and inspiration and gift of peace at this troubled time,” he said.
The Canadian bishops also released condolences:

On behalf of all my brother Bishops of Canada, I wish to extend a most sincere message of sympathy to and of solidarity with the Norwegian people who are actually confronting a terrible tragedy in their country.

Rest assured that all the Catholic Bishops of Canada are united with them in prayer, especially for families who have lost of one of their own. This message of sympathy is also addressed to the Norwegian Royal Family, the Government and the civil authorities who must deal with the repercussions of this tragedy. (Morissette)

Sources: USCCB and CCCB

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