Statement from Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, regarding Orlando mass shooting
The Archdiocese of San Antonio and I, its shepherd, offer our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims and family members of those killed and wounded in the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the most horrific such act in United States history. We pray too for the first responders and law enforcement personnel coping with their emotions as well following this incident.
On Sunday morning, I prayed with the United States’ bishops, who are currently gathered in California, for all the people involved in this unspeakable tragedy. Human life is at stake. Seeds of peace will conquer violence within ourselves, with others, and with the environment. This way of peace is urgently called for.
Prayer is our most powerful response at this time of crisis. It is what the church – and the Lord – call us to do. Let us raise our voices to God in unity and love, not hatred and division. As Catholics, remember that we are called to be ambassadors of unity, building bridges between communities, respecting all life and human dignity, and being instruments of charity.