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Tragedy in Charleston: A message from Loyola's president

| By Rita Buettner

A message from Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.

As we reflect on—and respond to—the killing of nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., earlier this week, I encourage us to come together as a community to find strength and support.

Today we mourn the loss of the victims’ lives while standing in solidarity with their families in grief and faith. I invite you to join me in prayer for and with the members of the AME church throughout the nation—particularly those in our own city of Baltimore.

Making sense of any tragic event is challenging. Acts of extreme violence are, indeed, a manifestation of the power of evil in our world. This tragedy—as with so many others—has brought to the forefront the essential conversation about how we can stop gun violence in our nation. These events also serve as a reminder to each of us—particularly at our Jesuit, Catholic university—to continue to combat racism, to work toward justice for all, and to do our part to promote peace. At a troubling time like this, we can find peace and strength in God and seek comfort from our loved ones. We can also approach each day with a renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to come together as a community to overcome hatred with understanding and love.

May God bless you and your family, and know that, particularly if this tragedy is affecting you in a personal way, you are in my prayers.

Sincerely,

Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.
President

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