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People participated in a candlelight vigil April 27 at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church for victims of a shooting incident at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, Calif., near San Diego. In response to the shooting, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote in a statement April 28: "Our country should be better than this; our world should be beyond such acts of hatred and anti-Semitism."
People participated in a candlelight vigil April 27 at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church for victims of a shooting incident at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, Calif., near San Diego. In response to the shooting, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote in a statement April 28: "Our country should be better than this; our world should be beyond such acts of hatred and anti-Semitism."
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Catholic bishops condemn synagogue shooting near San Diego that killed one person

"Our world should be beyond such acts of hatred and anti-Semitism,"said Cardinal DiNardo

WASHINGTON -- Catholic bishops from around the U.S. were quick to condemn the April 27 attack on a Jewish community gathered at a synagogue near San Diego, which left one person dead and three others injured.

"Our country should be better than this; our world should be beyond such acts of hatred and anti-Semitism," wroteCardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a statement April 28. "This attack joins an all too long list of attacks against innocent people, people of all faiths, who only want to gather and to pray. It is a contradiction, a perverting of their teachings to believe that Christianity, Judaism, or Islam would condone such violence."

News reports say members of the synagogue Chabad of Poway were gathered to mark the last day of Passover, a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days, commemorating the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, when shots rang shortly before noon.

One of the shots killed 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye; others injured the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl, among others. Initial reports say the gunman's weapon then jammed and the assailant left, but not before being shot at by a security guard who was inside the house of worship. Authorities later said John Earnest, 19, was arrested and is suspected of the attack. So far, he has been charged with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

"Unfortunately, both in the past and today, too many preach such hatred in the name of God. This cannot be abided; it must end," Cardinal DiNardo said.

San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy asked in a letter addressed to priests in the San Diego Diocese to pray at Sunday Masses on April 28 for the victims of the shooting.

"I know that you join in my profound sadness and outrage that violence born of hatred against people of faith has once again rent our nation, this time within our own diocese. I would ask you to include a prayer for the Jewish community and the Chabad victims in your petitions at Sunday Masses," he wrote.

The bishop suggested using the following petition: "For the victims of the Chabad shootings and their families; for the Jewish community, our elder brothers in faith, who are once again subjected to the evil of anti-Semitic hatred and violence, this time in our own diocese; and for our world, so consumed by anger and division, that we might understand that the gift of peace you give in today's Gospel is a command for us to love every man and woman in the human family; we pray to the Lord."

Other messages expressing condolences by cardinals and bishops from around the country followed.

"For the second time in a week, we received news of an act of senseless violence against people at prayer. This time, the victims were our Jewish brothers and sisters, gathered to mark the deliverance of their people from bondage," said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on April 27, the day of the tragedy.

"We ask our Lord to deliver us from the evil that engenders hatred in the hearts of men. Let us pray, too, for the courage to insist our leaders remove the tools of terrorism from our society and take the steps other nations have taken to safeguard their people. We will not become indifferent to the suffering of these families and will recommit ourselves to breaking the bonds of prejudice and intolerance. Only then can we build a peaceful nation, with the liberty and justice promised by its founders," he added.

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