The Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has urged the public to keep the people of Orlando in their prayers and has offered his and the support of the diocese to his peer, Bishop of Orlando and Limerick native John Gerard Noonan at this tragic time.
Bishop Leahy said, “The attack in Orlando was beyond words. With 49 innocent people killed so mercilessly, it reminds us yet again of the dreadful intent of terrorists.
“Bishop Noonan, who is from Corbally, captured the sense of shock and hurt that Orlando has experienced when he said ‘a sword has pierced the heart of our city’.
“He has asked for prayers for the victims, the families and first responders as well as for victims of violence and acts of terror; for their families and friends and all those affected by such acts against God’s love and I know that we will all keep them in our prayers and thoughts this week.
“We pray for the people of the city of Orlando that God’s mercy and love will be upon us as we seek healing and consolation.”
A Prayer Vigil for victims of the Orlando Massacre and their families will be held in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday 15 June, from 7.30-9.00pm.