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USCCB president prays for victims of West Virginia floods, Istanbul attacks

June 30, 2016

In recent days, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has offered prayerful support for victims of floods in West Virginia and the terrorist attack on the airport in Istanbul.

“Once again, the suffering of so many calls us closer to the Cross of Christ,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said in a letter to Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston. “With hundreds of homes and businesses impacted by the recent flooding, entire communities in West Virginia have seen their way of life disrupted or destroyed. I entrust those who have died to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and pray all those affected will find strength for the recovery.”

“As violence picks up its deadly pace, we can draw strength from God’s endless mercy,” he said following the attack in Istanbul. “No matter how often we must return to Golgotha, Mary will always be there to sustain us. Let us, once again, turn our unwavering prayer and generosity toward the suffering.”

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