2013-04-16 Vatican RadioCardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, April 15.
The tragic end to the Boston Marathon April 15 reminds us all that evil exists and that life is fragile. The deaths and injuries of people gathered for the celebration on Patriots Day in Boston calls on all of us to pray for the souls of those killed the healing of those injured and the restoration of peace for all of us unsettled by the bombings at a world renowned sporting event. Our special prayers are with the Archdiocese of Boston and the people there who are working in the aftermath of this crisis to address those wounded in so many ways by these events. The growing culture of violence in our world and even in our country calls for both wise security measures by government officials and an examination by all of us to see what we can personally do to enhance peace and respect for one another in our world.