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US bishops condemn shooting at synagogue, all ‘acts of hate’

The US Catholic bishops stand with “our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community,” the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said after an horrific shooting in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described as a hub of Jewish life in that city.

The shooting occurred on 27th October during a morning baby-naming ceremony, for which an estimated crowd of 45 to 100 people had gathered, according to news reports. There were 11 fatalities, all adults. Six others were injured, including four members of law enforcement.

“We condemn all acts of violence and hate and yet again, call on our nation and public officials to confront the plague of gun violence,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

“Violence as a response to political, racial or religious differences must be confronted with all possible effort. God asks nothing less of us,” he said. “He begs us back to our common humanity as his sons and daughters.”

At the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for those affected by the deadly attack, calling it an “inhumane act of violence.”

“May the Lord help us extinguish the fires of hatred that develop in our society,” the pope prayed after reciting the Angelus prayer.

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Picture: The Tree of Life Synagogue, the site of a deadly shooting, is pictured in Pittsburgh on 27th October. Pope Francis at his Sunday Angelus prayed for those affected by a shooting attack inside the Pittsburgh synagogue. (CNS photo/Jeffrey Becker-USA Today Sports via Reuters).