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Catholics march, speak out against gun violence

Students from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Md., pray during a March 24 Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington. The Mass, sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, was celebrated to give students an opportunity to pray before participating in the March for Our Lives. CNS photo via Jaclyn Lippelmann

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“It seems to me that private citizens shouldn’t be permitted to own assault rifles any more than … they can own chemical weapons of mass destruction. How about a little common sense in this public debate?”

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, via Twitter

Students and other advocates carry signs during the March for Our Lives event March 24 in Washington. Hundreds of thousands converged on the nation’s capital demanding gun control after recent school shootings. CNS photo via Jim West

“The extraordinary role of the students from Parkland in focusing the country on this critical social problem should be a sign of hope for all of us. … They have helped us to realize that these tragedies victimize people from all walks of life, from every class and ethnicity. We owe these students … our support and our gratitude.”

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston, at a Mass for Peace, Justice and Healing at St. Anthony Shrine

A woman holds a sign during the March for Our Lives event. CNS photo via Jaclyn Lippelmann

“I want to assure all our young people that ‘I am with you’ and all those marching in Chicago and around the nation today to #EndGunViolence.”

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, via Twitter

“It’s good to see so many young people raising their voices against gun violence, just as it is inspiring to see them at the March for Life every year. We must be pro-life in all of life’s beautiful forms and stages. God, give us the gift of peace.”

Bishop William A. Wack, CSC, of Pensacola-Tallahassee, via Twitter

Singer Common performs with the Cardinal Shehan Choir of the Archdiocese of Baltimore during a rally ahead of the March for Our Lives. CNS photo via Aaron P. Bernstein, Reuters

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