by sculptor Lynne Kiefer Kobylecky.
Used with permission.
3rd Station: The identity of Jesus is questioned
Jesus is with us when we are persecuted for our beliefs
WE PRAY . . . FOR THE 49 KILLED IN MASS SHOOTINGS AT 2 NEW ZEALAND MOSQUES.
Attacks on two Christchurch mosques, Masjid al Noor, left at least 49 dead on March 15th 2019. There was one gunman — identified as an Australian extremist — apparently livestreaming the assault triggering the lockdown of the New Zealand city.
His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.
Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy. Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation.