UPDATED 9 a.m. April 16, 2013 – Archbishop William E. Lori, archbishop of Baltimore, issued the following statement on the tragedy in Boston April 15:
“On behalf of the priests and faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I offer prayers for those who lost their lives today and for those who were injured in the violent attack in Boston. Our prayers are with them as well as their families and loved ones, just as we pray, too, for an end to violence and terror throughout the world. May the love of our compassionate Savior be with all who were impacted by this tragedy.”
According to Vatican Information Service, Pope Francis sent a telegram to Capuchin Franciscan Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston through Tarcisio Bertone, Cardinal Secretary of State.
“Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering, and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.”
April 2013, CatholicReview.org