The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California last weekend killed 11 and injured 8.

“The U.S. bishops join with others throughout the country in offering prayers for the support and healing of the families, friends, and communities of those impacted by these violent incidents. We pray especially for those who were injured and particularly for those who lost their lives. We pray also for those on the front lines who risk their lives in responding to the calls for help, and to those in the medical fields who minister to those who have been harmed. We pray for and support the healing of the communities impacted and for all the victims of violence and that Christ’s peace be upon all affected.” 

They called for “an honest dialogue rooted in Christ in addressing the persistent evil of racism in our country.”

“The Catholic Church has been a consistent voice for rational yet effective forms of regulation of dangerous weapons, and the USCCB continues to advocate for an end to violence, and for the respect and dignity of all lives.” 

Public officials have said the shooting in Buffalo was racially motivated, the store targeted because it was located in a predominantly black neighborhood.

The attack in Laguna Woods where the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church holds their Sunday services is said to have been motivated by a Chinese immigrant and US citizen with a grievance towards the Taiwanese community.

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