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U.S. Catholics join pope in praying for victims of London attacks


  • After a terrorist attack near the London Bridge June 3. people leave the area with their hands up. Seven people were killed and dozens injured when three terrorists in a van mowed down pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing a police officer and revelers around Borough Market. (CNS photo/Neil Hall, Reuters)
  • Forensics investigators work June 4 after attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge. Seven people were killed and dozens injured when three terrorists in a van mowed down pedestrians on the bridge Late June 3 before stabbing a police officer and revelers around Borough Market. (CNS photo/Neil Hall, Reuters)
  • Muslims pray at a floral tribute near London Bridge June 4, after attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge. Seven people were killed and dozens injured when three terrorists in a van mowed down pedestrians late June 3 on the bridge before stabbing a police officer and revelers around Borough Market. (CNS photo/Peter Nicholls, Reuters)
  • Commuters walk across London Bridge June 5 after it was reopened following an attack. Seven people were killed and dozens injured when three terrorists in a van mowed down pedestrians on the bridge late June 3 before stabbing a police officer and revelers around Borough Market. (CNS photo/Peter Nicholls, Reuters)
  • Flowers and messages lie behind police crime tape June 4 near London's Borough Market after an attack left seven people dead and dozens injured. (CNS photo/Peter Nicholls, Reuters)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. Catholics joined Pope Francis and the rest of the world in expressing sorrow for those killed and severely injured in the latest terrorist attacks in London the night of June 3.

"The vigil of Pentecost had barely begun when the world was burdened yet again, this time by the sinister attacks on innocent men and women in the heart of London," Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an early June 4 statement.

"In such tragic hours, we implore the Holy Spirit to pour out his gift of comfort on those who grieve the loss of loved ones and on the dozens who were so tragically injured in this horrible attack," he said. "At the same time, we see in the courage of the first responders the true and courageous spirit of our brothers and sisters, the people of Great Britain."

After celebrating Mass on Pentecost, June 4, with an estimated 60,000 people in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis offered public prayers for the victims of the attacks in London that left seven people dead and 48 others injured.

"May the Holy Spirit grant peace to the whole world," he said. "May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even last night in London struck innocent civilians. Let us pray for the victims and their families."

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