WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruces, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, of Springfield, Chair of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, have issued the following statement on today's attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. The deadly attack took place early this morning by the Lions' Gate in the Old City walls, next to what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary and Jews call the Temple Mount.
Full statement follows:
On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops, we condemn in the strongest possible terms today's attack in the Old
City of Jerusalem. It is a particular desecration to carry out armed
attacks in and around sites holy to Muslims and Jews in a city that is sacred
to Jews, Christians and Muslims. We mourn for the lives lost and deplore
the heightened tensions that such an attack can spawn. It was encouraging that
both President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned
the attack. The path to peace, for which both Israelis and Palestinians
yearn, cannot be paved with violence.
Cardinal Daniel N.
States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Most Rev. Oscar
Bishop of Las
Committee on International Justice and Peace
Most Rev. Mitchell
Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs