Photos: Mourners cast shadows on the wall of a makeshift memorial at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., June 18. after nine people were murdered the day before during a Bible study session at the church. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)


Bishop William Murphy released the following statement on the shooting in Charleston:


DATE:                        June 19, 2015

RE:                              Statement on Charleston Church Shooting  

FROM:                       Bishop William Murphy  


 It is with deep sadness that we learned of the news of the killing on June 17 of nine members of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Together in solidarity with my fellow bishops, priests, consecrated women and men and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, we offer the families now in mourning our prayers and heartfelt condolences.  We condemn in the strongest possible terms all kinds of racial hatred and violence.

I also join my brother bishops across the country who as Archbishop Kurtz, of Louisville,Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said today in his statement: “The Catholic community stands with all people who struggle for an end to racism and violence, in our families, in our places of worship, in our communities and in our world.”

During Masses this weekend, I ask our pastors to remember the deceased, their families and all those affected by this senseless violence.