Church leaders offer prayers for Boston

Church leaders offer prayers for Boston
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley Archbishop of Boston
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley Archbishop of Boston

In the wake of yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and injured 175, Church leaders have reached out to offer their prayers for peace to all those affected.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, shared his “deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon,” and offered prayers and concern for all those affected. He also offered words of encouragement, saying,

“In the midst of the darkness of this tragedy we turn to the light of Jesus Christ, the light that was evident in the lives of people who immediately turned to help those in need today.”

Pope Francis sent a telegram to Cardinal O’Malley, who is returning from the Holy Land after yesterday’s events, invoking “God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C. said the tragic events “stunned us all” but reminded the faithful that “our most powerful tool right now is prayer.”

“While at this time we do not know the cause of these explosions, we know that the answer to the world’s darkness is to open our hearts to the light of Christ,” Cardinal Wuerl said. “Our faith in the Risen Christ in such times of sorrow offers us the confident hope that death shall not have the last word.”

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