“This weekend I ask Catholics throughout western Massachusetts to offer prayers for the people of Paris and France, who sadly once again find themselves the victims of senseless violence. Especially during this month dedicated to remembering our faithful departed, we add to those intentions the victims of Friday night’s attacks. May God grant them eternal rest, as well as comfort their families and loved ones.
Let our prayers also be for a true and enduring peace among people of all faith traditions. Let us recommit ourselves to a better dialogue and understanding among people of all religions, in the hope that this will be the most enduring response to such misguided acts of terror.”