- Aug 12, 2020
The people of El Paso, Texas, did the best they could, under extraordinary circumstances, to remember the 23 lives taken after the bloody event that summer day a year ago.
Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso announced the formation of a commission to examine ways that may lead to the eradication of the hate that prompted the attack taking the lives of the 23 El Pasoans and wounding another 25 victims.
A year after a gunman opened fire at a popular family-oriented festival in the town of Gilroy, California, Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose offered his prayers for continued healing, remembering the two children and an adult killed in the mass shooting.
With 19 deaths so far confirmed from the largest mass shooting in Canadian history, Halifax-Yarmouth Archbishop Anthony Mancini offered condolences to the families of those killed, particularly the family of RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson.
During a January visit with Vatican officials to report on the status of his diocese, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, mentioned to Pope Francis the tragic events that took place at home Aug. 3, 2019.
The frequency of attacks on houses of worship has faith leaders and law enforcement grappling with how to protect people when they are at their most vulnerable.