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Bishop calls for 'solidarity of faith' after violence

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER — New Hampshire Bishop Peter Libasci is asking the Catholics of the Diocese of Manchester to engage "in an act of solidarity of faith" in response to ongoing violence, including the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, the shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the deaths in France on Bastille Day.

Libasci says all "are clear expressions of a rampant evil in our time."

In a letter addressed to Catholics throughout the state, he asks that the faithful commit to a day of fasting on Friday, Aug. 12 He also directed that special prayers for peace be said at Masses on Sunday, Aug. 14, and urged Catholics to attend church on Monday, Aug. 15, for Mass and additional prayers.

He also asks for other religious leaders "and all people of good will" to join Catholics in solidarity.

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