NORFOLK, Va. – Three local Catholic churches remembered the lives lost in the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Laguna Woods, California.
The Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Hampton, Holy Family in Virginia Beach, St. Theresa in Chesapeake and St. Mary’s Basilica in Norfolk held prayer vigils on Monday, calling for an end to violence and of racism.
According to online publications, alleged Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron wanted America to be a white-dominated Christian nation.
“I think white people really need to get mad – and not just when something like this happens. It should wake us up,” Jim Curran, the pastor of St. Mary’s Basilica, told the reporter. News 3, Leondra Head.
Pastor Curran says his goal is to spread love and unity.
“He was doing this in the name of white Christians. In the name of white Christians, 10 people were slaughtered. White Christians need to stand up and say, ‘Absolutely not. It won’t hold,” Curran said.
Community members say enough is enough.
“Unfortunately there is too much hate in the country. It is clearly a matter of not understanding,” said church member Eric Labat.
“It doesn’t just affect the black community, it affects all of us. As a white man who is a Christian, if that doesn’t motivate me to do something and be afraid for our community and what we stand for,” another church member mentioned.
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