Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Massacre at Mass in Iraq; Archbp Vigneron's statement

Freshly back from the Middle East Synod in Rome, Archbishop Vigneron reacts to the bloodbath which took place during a Mass in Iraq.

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron made the following statement today, following the Oct. 31 siege that killed 58 at the Our Lady of Salvation cathedral in Baghdad:

"As we observe All Souls Day this year, we Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit cannot help but lift up in prayer the many dead -- all too many -- who perished last Sunday, when terrorists attacked the Syriac-Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad: 'Eternal rest grant onto them, O Lord. May they rest in peace.'

"Let us also commend to God's merciful care the wounded, and pray, likewise, for those who grieve for the innocent victims of this violent assault. May faith in the victory of the risen Christ sustain everyone in the face of this great evil.

"Last month in Rome, when I took part in the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, day-in and day-out I heard the pastors of that region descry just these sorts of atrocities that are the scourge of their people. In the light of this latest and so-grievous wound to peace, it is all the more urgent that we not only pray for the gift of peace, but that we call upon our leaders and all persons of good will to work mightily and tirelessly to banish violence and terror from the lives of the people of the Middle East." (Source)

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