Thursday, june 16, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 2 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT FATHER RAVIS ORDAINED: Father Ryan C. Ravis smiles after his ordination at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, June 4. For stories and photos, see pages 8-9. Pope prays for families, victims in Orlando By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis prayed for the families of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando and expressed hope that people would find ways to identify and uproot “the causes of such terrible and absurd violence.” A lone gunman, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group, killed 49 people early June 12 at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Another 53 people were injured before the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, was killed by members of a police SWAT team. Police said Mateen, a private secu-rity guard, legally purchased the two guns he used in the shooting, which is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Describing the shooting as an ex-pression of “homicidal folly and sense-less hatred,” a Vatican statement said, “The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil. “Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion,” said the statement released June 12. “Sharing in their indescribable suffering, he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. “We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effec-tively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity,” the statement concluded. PAUL R. SMIY MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING MONDAY , AUG. 22, 2016 LIGONIER COUNTRY CLUB Register by Aug. 7 at www.ccharitiesgreensburg.org or call 724-837-1840 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 6 Bishop Malesic releases letter on House Bill 1947. PAGE 9 Sisters, Seton Hill University students tend to community garden.