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Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the recent school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded.

“Action is needed to attempt to reduce the frequency of these heinous acts,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In a statement he also called for prayers, urging Catholics around the country “to pray for the dead, injured and for the loved ones left behind and for healing in the community.”

“This shooting reminds us yet again that something is fundamentally broken in our society when places of learning can become scenes of violence and disregard for human life,” he said, adding that Americans should “deeply examine why these horrific occurrences of gun violence continue to take place in our communities.”

The shooting took place on 7th May at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, a suburb of Denver located in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The two shooters, teenagers who attend the K-12 school, are now in police custody.

Picture: Police vehicles are stationed outside STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on 8th May, following a shooting spree at the school. In response to the 7th May shooting inside the charter school near Denver where 18-year-old senior Kendrick Castillo was killed, and eight other students were wounded, Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action. (CNS photo/Rick Wilking, Reuters).