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Bishop Deshotel releases statement on mass shooting

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Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette

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Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette released a statement Sunday morning concerning the mass shooting that took place late Saturday night at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Deshotel wrote in the release, “The entire Diocese of Lafayette offers their prayers and condolences to the victims and families of victims of the mass shootings in Orlando, Florida. I ask all Catholics to pray that those who lost their lives may be lovingly embraced by God. Let us pray for all those wounded that they may quickly heal and return to their families. This horrible evil also calls all of us to pray for a conversion to value the dignity of each human life and that all return to a respect for all human life at every stage of development because the human person is created in the image and likeness of God.”
The shooting, which is the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, claimed the lives of 50 people, with another 53 wounded.
Authorities have identified American-born Omar Mateen as the shooter at Pulse, a gay night club in downtown Orlando. Mateen, who worked as a security guard, gunned down people with an AR-15 rifle and called 9-1-1 pledging his allegiance to the terrorism group ISIS. Authorities killed Mateen during the shoot out.

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