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“What we believe, where we are, and how we live out our faith can make a great difference in the struggle against violence. We see the loss of lives. We serve the victims. We feel the fear. We must confront this growing culture of violence with a commitment to life, a vision of hope and a call to action.”---Confronting a Culture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action,1994 Pastoral Message of the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

Tragedy in Connecticut

USCCB Committees Call for Action in Response to Newtown Tragedy

Cardinal Dolan Offers Prayers for Families, Victims of Connecticut School Shooting

December 16, 2012: Letter from Archbishop Lori, Former Bishop of Bridgeport to  St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, CT.

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

USCCB Media Blog: He Was There  About Msgr. Robert Weiss, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, Connecticut, and his response to the tragedy.

Letter from the CECC/CCCBUSCCB Response

From Catholic News Service:

'No words' can describe shock, sadness after shooting, says priest

Pope expresses grief over Newtown shooting, calls for acts of peace

'Sacramental sense' of priest's response after shooting called powerful

More security isn't answer to prevent shootings, say Catholic educators


Background on Confronting Armed Violence and Promoting Peace
February 2013

Assault Weapons Backgrounder

Confronting a Culture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action

Domestic Violence

Prayer Resources

In the face of senseless violence, we are called to prayer to help us express our sorrow for its victims and our hope for their eternal life.  

Prayer for a Victim of Accident or Violence

Prayers for Mourners

Prayers at the Death of a Baptized Child


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