As Sisters of St. Joseph committed to unity and reconciliation we want to share Pope Francis' statement and add our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the victims and families impacted this tragic and senseless Orlando shooting.
"The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity." Pope Francis, June 12, 2016
One year ago, on June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home. This has been one of the most widely read encyclicals in recent years. Pope Francis clearly proclaims that the poor are those most harmed by environmental destruction and climate change. During the week of June 12-19, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston will celebrate this first anniversary of the encyclical. Consider how you can take action and be part of this world-wide initiative. For more information visit Laudato Si' week.
Click on image below to view a six-minute video about Laudato Si’