Churches, bishops respond to school stabbings

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Churches responded to this morning's stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in several ways, opening their sanctuaries to those needing a place to regroup, scheduling numerous prayer services for Wednesday evening and hosting counselors for anyone traumatized.
Police have a student in custody who they say injured 20, four critically, with butcher knives at the start of the school day.
Religious leaders are also issuing statements about the attacks.
"It is unfortunate that in our world today more and more people find themselves dealing with circumstances like this," said Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. "At these times, people of faith are called to seek God’s presence and pray for God to bring healing and wholeness to all those involved."
Bishop Lawrence Brandt said his and the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg's prayers are with "the victims of this morning’s senseless act of violence" and all those affected by it.
"We all suffer when violence shatters lives," he said. "We pray for peace in our homes, our schools, our workplaces and our world. In this penitential season of Lent, we also ask for God’s mercy on the person responsible for this act."




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