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Today’s statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):

"We woke this morning and learned of yet another night filled with unspeakable terror, this time in the city of Las Vegas, and by all accounts, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. My heart and my prayers, and those of my brother bishops and all the members of the Church, go out to the victims of this tragedy and to the city of Las Vegas. At this time, we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering.  In the end, the only response is to do good – for no matter what the darkness, it will never overcome the light. May the Lord of all gentleness surround all those who are suffering from this evil, and for those who have been killed we pray, eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them."

It is especially difficult to talk with children about such tragedies. Below is a list of resources which may be useful in helping children process events of violence in our world.

Confronting a Culture of Violence (USCCB)

Talking With Children About Violence (US Department of Justice) 

When Violence Strikes (Care.com)

Talking with Young People (National Crime Prevention)

Discussing Hate and Violence (ADL)

Discussion Difficult Situations With Your Children (NPTA)

Talking With Kids About News (PBS)

Building Catholic Character (CERC)

Exceptional Learner Resources (NCEA)

A Prayer for Peace

Prayers for Peace from Popes and Saints