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Bishop Sirba’s statement on racism and political violence

Statement from Bishop Paul Sirba, of the Diocese of Duluth, issued Aug. 17:

“I join with Catholic bishops across the country in expressing my horror at the political violence and the use of racist and anti-Semitic symbols and slogans that have occurred in recent days. These things are obviously contrary to our country’s best ideals, and they are completely incompatible with the Christian faith. Our faith presents for us a vision of peace and the common good in which the inherent dignity of every person, each of whom God intentionally made in his own image and loves with an infinite love, is revered and welcomed into our communities. We stand alongside all people of good will who work peacefully for that vision and pray for reconciliation and for all who are victims of this violence.”