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Bishop Burns offers prayers for the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Publish Date: October 27, 2018


A gunman opened fire in a shooting Saturday morning at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There were multiple fatalities and six injuries. 4 of the six injured were Police Officers.

In light of the terrible shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue, and on behalf of the entire Catholic community within the Diocese of Dallas in North Texas, Bishop Burns reached out to the leaders of the Jewish community here in the greater Dallas area to assure them of our prayerful support and solidarity with them during this painful time. They talked about the need for peace and unity during these days of division and hatred in our country.

Please keep all those affected by this evil in your prayers.


Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!




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Prayer source: USCCB.org