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Call to Mourning and Lament

LCWR (The Leadership Conference of Women Religious) is partnering with other faith leaders calling for all people to spend time during the weekend of May 29-31 to lament and mourn the 100,000 persons who will have died in the United States from COVID-19, and to pause at noon on June 1 to honor the deceased.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word join with the LCWR, faith leaders, and civic leaders, in mourning the loss of over 100,000 lives lost to the corona virus, in the United States. We join our Church in condemning the killing of George Floyd, as stated by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

The killing of George Floyd was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice. How is it possible that in America, a black man’s life can be taken from him while calls for help are not answered, and his killing is recorded as it happens?

I am praying for George Floyd and his loved ones, and on behalf of my brother bishops, I share the outrage of the black community and those who stand with them in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and across the country. The cruelty and violence he suffered does not reflect on the majority of good men and women in law enforcement, who carry out their duties with honor. We know that. And we trust that civil authorities will investigate his killing carefully and make sure those responsible are held accountable.

We invite you to pause with us at 12 noon for 1 minute of silence, viewing below a one-minute video of Pope Francis' extraordinary call to prayer on March 27, 2020.


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