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OKC Catholic archbishop calls for prayer & solidarity in aftermath of Paris terrorist attacks

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, recently released a prepared statement in response to the terrorist attacks that occurred Friday in Paris, France. 

"Acts of terror like those perpetrated Friday on the innocent people of Paris have become all too frequent. They are an assault on the dignity and sanctity of all human life, and call us to stand in solidarity with the victims of this violent extremism, whether Christians, Muslims, members of religious minorities or people of no faith at all," the Catholic leader said in his statement.

"We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and the inhumane attempt to breed fear and divisiveness throughout the world. As Oklahomans, we have known violence and stood with resolve in the face of hatred. May we continue to be a beacon of hope, of healing and reconciliation for all those who suffer. I pray that violence and hatred will never rule our hearts, but will always be overcome by mercy and forgiveness and compassion."

Posted by Carla Hinton

Religion Editor 

 

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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