Lamenting a “culture of death” that exists in the U.S. after three mass shootings in less than a month, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio on June 8 spoke of the need for Catholics to be leaders in reinvigorating a culture of life.
Saying his heart was broken at the news of at least 19 children and two adults being shot and killed at a Texas elementary school, Pope Francis said it was time to say “Enough!” and enact stricter laws on gun sales.
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, killing 14 children, one teacher and injuring others, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference, adding that the gunman was dead.
One sign of the times is that teachers must know how to confront an active shooter. On Jan. 17, teachers from four Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn gathered at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, Windsor Terrace, and St. Frances De Sales Catholic Academy, Belle Harbor, for training on what to do if a gunman enters their classroom.
As residents of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mourned the loss of 31 people in mass shootings Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, the Knights of Columbus honored a teen who died in May trying to save the lives of his classmates during a shooting at his suburban Denver high school
Following another deadly shooting which killed 12 individuals in Virginia Beach on Friday, the U.S. Catholic Bishops are calling for legislation to curtail gun violence.
Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver.
A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school, is finding new purpose in Lent this year, according to the parish administrator.