Orlando, Fla., Jun 12, 2016 / 09:19 am
Following Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people, Catholic leaders from around the U.S. are offering prayers for the victims and their families.
"Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is," said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops conference, in a statement.
"Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act."
In the early hours of June 12, a gunman identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen exchanged fire with a police officer working at Pulse nightclub, which has a predominantly gay clientele.