Saturday, June 17, 2006

Bishop's Statement Regarding Fire

Bishop George W. Coleman has issued the following statement on the fire in Fall River from Los Angeles, where he is attending the spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Today is a very sad day for all of us in the City of Fall River.

I offer my prayers along with those of the entire Fall River Diocese for the victims of the devastating fire last night at the St. John’s Holy Ghost Association building. We remember in prayer as well their families and friends and grieve with them for their loss.

The St. John’s Holy Ghost Association is an independent group not affiliated with the diocese or any of its parishes. Yet its roots are tied to the Catholic faith and its events to many of the popular religious devotions and customs of the people of the Azores Islands of Portugal.

Last night’s fire also left several people injured. I ask all to join me in prayer for their quick and complete recovery.

Incidents like this remind us how difficult and important is the work of our firefighters and other public safety officials. Let us always be grateful for their service and dedication, and pray that God always keep them safe.

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