Full statement follows:
"They were children on their way to Mass. They were mothers and fathers taking their children to Mass. And this morning they became targets of yet another horrendous attack on Christians, murdered as they rode to Church together. Dozens of others were injured in the attack today in Egypt on Coptic Christians. Only a few short weeks ago, on Palm Sunday, many Christians were slaughtered simply because they were worshipping God. Now, as we approach Pentecost, the same unspeakable evil emerges again and repeats itself. Pope Francis, during his recent visit to the noble land of Egypt said, ' ... the innocent blood of defenseless Christians was cruelly shed: their innocent blood unites us.' Though our grief is unbearable, our unity grows all the more strong. That unity is the way to peace.
On behalf of the Bishops of the United States, on behalf of Catholicsand all people of good will across our nation, I commend the souls of those who have died to the loving arms of the Lord Jesus and entrust those who are injured and those who mourn to the embrace of Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Mercy."
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal DanielN. DiNardo, Egypt, terror attack, Coptic Christians, Mass, children, bus attack, Jesus, innocent blood, Our Lady of Mercy.
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