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Updated: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 | Posted: 5:37 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Former Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl offered condolences Tuesday for the victims of Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
Cardinal Wuerl, who held a prayer service at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., said he’s praying for the victims and their families.
“We pray first of all for all of those who died in the tragedy at the Navy Yard,” Wuerl said.
Wuerl told the gathering that faith and love will overcome evil. He added that even in the most dire times, people must not give up hope.
“This happened in our back yard. Pittsburgh has experienced this before and we know what it’s like to face a tragedy and look death in the eye,” Wuerl said.
Those who attended the service said they took comfort in Wuerl’s words.
“It was very comforting to not only have all the people here, but his calming presence. To have a leader in the church offer so much hope was definitely a comfort to me,” Andrea Scott said.
Wuerl told Earle he reached out to the chaplain who was with some of the victims at the hospital, and they’re in the process of planning an interfaith memorial service.
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