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‘No greater love’ — Blue Mass honors police, firefighters who gave their lives

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WILMINGTON – The past year presented serious challenges to first responders in Delaware, but they continue to show the self-sacrifice necessary in that line of work, Msgr. Steven Hurley told police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others at the annual Blue Mass. The service was held Oct. 6 at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, postponed from its usual first Friday in May at St. John the Beloved Church because of a funeral for a state police trooper. Read more »

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Oakland bishop prays for victims, first responders in warehouse fire

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OAKLAND, Calif. — In response to the Dec. 2 fire that erupted in an Oakland warehouse, Bishop Michael J. Barber of Oakland said in a statement that his “prayers and thoughts are with all those who have died or are suffering from the tragic fire.”

A woman prays Dec. 5 at a makeshift memoria near the scene of a fatal warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. The Dec. 2 blaze claimed the lives of at least 33 people. (CNS photo/Stephen Lam, Reuters)

A woman prays Dec. 5 at a makeshift memoria near the scene of a fatal warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. The Dec. 2 blaze claimed the lives of at least 33 people. (CNS photo/Stephen Lam, Reuters)

“We also pray for the first responders, medical personnel and others who are aiding the victims and their loved ones. We will be remembering the deceased in our Masses this weekend throughout the Diocese of Oakland,” he said in a Dec. 3 statement.

As of Dec. 6, the death toll was 36 and officials said that no additional bodies have been recovered.

The fire started during a dance party at a warehouse that had been converted to artists’ studios and illegal living spaces, dubbed the Ghost Ship. The cause of the fire, reported to be the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, has not been determined.

“We owe it to the community and those who perished in this fire, and those who survived the fire to be methodical, to be thorough, and to take the amount of time it takes to be able to look at every piece of potential evidence,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, according to The Associated Press.

Hundreds attended a vigil Dec. 5 at Oakland’s Lake Merritt for those who died in the fire.

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Fight hatred with love, respect for others, pope tells Nice survivors of terror attack

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VATICAN CITY — With some stoic and others sobbing, survivors and family members of the victims of the July terrorist attacks in Nice met Pope Francis during a special audience at the Vatican.

Pope Francis greets a child during a special audience with more than 80 victims of the attack in Nice, France, during a special audience Sept. 24 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Reuters)

Pope Francis greets a child during a special audience with more than 80 victims of the attack in Nice, France, during a special audience Sept. 24 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Reuters)

After expressing his condolences to the families of the 86 people who died and his prayers for the recovery of the more than 400 people who were injured in the attack July 14, Pope Francis greeted each and every one of the more than 800 people who traveled from France for the audience.

The group also included city and regional officials, first responders and members of the Alpes Maritimes Fraternite, a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders who have been working in Nice to promote mutual respect among different religious communities.

“To establish a sincere dialogue and fraternal relations among all people, particularly among those who confess belief in one merciful God, is an urgent priority that all leaders, both political and religious, must seek to promote and which each person is called to establish” with his or her neighbors, the pope said.

“When the temptation to turn in on oneself or to respond to hatred with hatred and violence with violence is great,” he said, “an authentic conversion of heart is necessary.”

“One can respond to the devil’s attacks only with the works of God, which are forgiveness, love and respect for one’s neighbor, even if he or she is different,” the pope said.

After apologizing that his French was not good enough, Pope Francis said it was very moving to encounter so many people “who suffer in body and soul because, on an evening of celebration, violence blindly struck you or your loved ones without regard for origin or religion.”

“May the certainty of eternal life, a belief also shared by members of other religions, be of consolation to you,” the pope said.

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‘A sword has pierced heart of our city’, says Orlando bishop after shooting

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan urged people of faith “to turn their hearts and souls” to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12.

“A sword has pierced the heart of our city,” he said in a statement.

People hold hands in a circle during a June 12 vigil in an Orlando, Fla., park following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in that city earlier that morning. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

People hold hands in a circle during a June 12 vigil in an Orlando, Fla., park following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in that city earlier that morning. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

“The healing power of Jesus goes beyond our physical wounds but touches every level of our humanity: physical, emotional, social, spiritual,” he said. “Jesus calls us to remain fervent in our protection of life and human dignity and to pray unceasingly for peace in our world.”

The shooting rampage at a crowded nightclub in Orlando left 50 people dead, including the gunman, and 53 wounded.

Police said a lone gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, opened fire inside the Pulse club in Orlando in the early morning hours. New reports said that Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group, died in a gun battle with SWAT team members.

Across the nation, reaction from church and community leaders was swift, and in cities large and small, people organized candlelit vigils for the victims and their families the night of the shooting.

“Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act,” he said in a statement June 12. “The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.”

“Our prayers and hearts are with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, their families and our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters,” said Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich.

In Orlando, priests, deacons and counselors from the Diocese of Orlando and Catholic Charities of Central Florida were serving at an aid center established by city officials.

Throughout the day June 12, church personnel were helping victims and families “on the front lines of this tragedy,” Bishop Noonan said. “They are offering God’s love and mercy to those who are facing unimaginable sorrow. They will remain vigilant and responsive to the needs of our hurting brothers and sisters.”

The bishop also asked all parishes in the nine-county diocese in central Florida to include prayer intentions during Sunday Masses.

“Today’s prayers have been offered for victims of violence and acts of terror … for their families and friends … and all those affected by such acts against God’s love,” Bishop Noonan said. “We pray for the people of the city of Orlando that God’s mercy and love will be upon us as we seek healing and consolation.”

Bishop Noonan planned to lead an evening prayer vigil for the community, called a “Vigil to Dry Tears,” at St. James Cathedral in Orlando June 13.

He said the Catholic Church “recognizes the affliction brought to our city, our families and our friends” by “this massive assault on the dignity of human life. … I hope this opportunity to join each other in prayer will bring about an outpouring of the mercy of God within the heart of our community.”

In his statement, Archbishop Cupich expressed gratitude to the first responders and civilians at the scene of the shooting. They “heroically put themselves in harm’s way, providing an enduring reminder of what compassion and bravery look like — even in the face of such horror and danger,” he said.

“In response to hatred, we are called to sow love,” he added. “In response to violence, peace. And, in response to intolerance, tolerance.”

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First responders’ work similar to that of the apostles, bishop says at Blue Mass

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MILLTOWN – The work of the apostles was, in a way, similar to the work done everyday by the first responders in the Diocese of Wilmington and elsewhere. That was the message conveyed by Bishop Malooly to the police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others gathered at St. John the Beloved Church on May 6 for the annual Blue Mass celebrating their service.

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Bishop Malooly salutes state’s ‘community of protection’

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WILMINGTON – First responders should use common sense and “bring a presence” to what they do, Bishop Malooly said during his homily at the annual Blue Mass, which was held May 2 at St. John the Beloved Church. The Mass honors police, fire and emergency personnel, along with members of the military.

Police need practical common sense during the crises they face, the bishop said. They are often dealing with people who are not able to use common sense themselves. It is important that the communities they serve know there is a way to deal with difficult situations.

“You form a community of protection for out state,” Bishop Malooly said. “It’s an inspiration for others to do the same.” Read more »

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Blue Mass honors first responders, slain officer

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 WILMINGTON – Although the Blue Mass is meant to honor all who serve as first responders, the Diocese of Wilmington’s annual service, celebrated May 4 at St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, was heavily influenced by the death last September of New Castle County Police Lt. Joseph Szczerba.

County police officers, wearing a black ribbon over their badges, made up the largest contingent at the church, and Szczerba’s family, including his widow, Kathy, sat in the front. After Communion, she received a plaque from Col. Scott McLaren, chief of the county police.

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