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April 21, 1999

STATEMENT BY ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
ON COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING

In his private chapel this morning, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, quietly prayed for victims and their families in the Colorado school shooting which occurred yesterday.

Cardinal Bevilacqua said "I am deeply shocked and dismayed by the terrible tragedy yesterday at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. On behalf of all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I extend heartfelt sympathy to the entire community and in particular to the parents and families of the students and teachers that fell victim to this brutal attack."

"I am deeply concerned for the young people who witnessed these awful events. They need to be offered comfort, hope, and spiritual reassurance. I am confident that the young men and women will experience such solace in the outreach of the community and through the support of the citizens of our nation," said Cardinal Bevilacqua.

"I invite all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and all people of good will to join me in prayer, seeking God's strength and blessings to ease the pain inflicted by this senseless violence," said Cardinal Bevilacqua.


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