Holocaust Museum Shooting “Senseless”; Calls for a Renewed Commitment to Peace

June 11, 2009

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl called the June 10 shooting of a guard at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum “senseless”:

“The senseless killing inside the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is particularly distressing given the museum’s special mission to educate our world about violence and be a living reminder of the harm that comes from hatred and anger. It is our prayer that Mr. Johns rest in God’s eternal embrace and that this loss be a call to each of us for a renewed commitment to building a world of peace and respect for all people.”

Each year, the Archdiocese of Washington collaborates with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Anti-Defamation League, National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the “Bearing Witness” program. This one-week course, started in 1996, provides Catholic school educators (middle school and high school) with the training and resources they need to teach their students about the history of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and modern-day prejudice as well as the historical relationship between Jewish and Catholic communities. Bearing Witness will be held in Washington, DC from July 19-23.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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