It is with great sadness that I extend my deepest sympathy and prayerful support to the victims and their families for the deadly shooting in Tucson this morning, by a 22 year old guy, who, according to reports espoused communist manifesto, that killed 6 and injured many including Rep. Gabriel Giffords, in serious and critical condition. Christianity’s redemptive non-violence has a lot to offer whenever incidents of this nature occur in society. As we mourn for the loss of lives, let’s must focus on what we can possibly do for peace and order and not aim for destruction.
May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Below is a Pastoral letter of Bishop Kicanas to the Diocese of Tucson.
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011TO THE CLERGY, RELIGIOUS AND LAITY OF THE DIOCESE OF TUCSONMy Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:While in the Holy Land, I have learned of the terrible violence that has occurred in Tucson.
It is incomprehensible that such a horrible tragedy could happen in the community that we love so much. I am shocked and devastated as I see the horrible pictures on the news and hear the reports of those who have been killed and injured.We pray for the repose of the souls of those who were killed and for the comfort and consolation of their families.We pray for the healing of those who were wounded, among them Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and for the comfort and consolation of their families.We pray for the comfort and consolation of our community. We share with each other the shock and the heartbreak of this tragedy. We weep in our sadness, and we seek comfort from each other.We pray to be a channel of peace, that where there is hatred we will bring the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.As a family of Faith, we unite in prayer for the repose of the souls of our sister and brother in Christ, Christine Green and Federal Judge John Roll, who were among those who died, and for the comfort and consolation of their families.Christine, just nine-years-old, received her First Communion last year at St. Odilia Parish in Tucson. “Let the children come to me,” Jesus said (Matthew 19:14). Christine is with Him.Judge Roll was a person of great faith and great integrity. He lived his faith as a devoted parishioner of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Tucson. For many years, he would begin his day serving the early morning Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul. He proclaimed the Word of God as a lector at Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Thomas the Apostle. He lived his faith as a servant of our nation for the cause of justice.In your Prayers of the Faithful at this Mass, please pray:For all those who were killed and injured in the senseless and tragic violence of the shootings in Tucson, for their families and loved ones, and for an end to violence that brings so much harm to so many innocent people, let us pray to the Lord.All the bishops who are participants with me in our special meeting in the Holy Land are praying with us for these intentions.Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Gerald F. KicanasBishop of Tucson