Denver bishop urges hope at vigil for shooting victims
Bishop James D. Conley of Denver delivered the invocation at a non-denominational Sunday evening vigil for the victims of the Aurora theater shooting, telling attendees to ask God for hope amid the “darkness” of the crime.
“All of us in this local community were affected by what happened here on Friday – and we will never be the same,” he said July 22.
Bishop Conley, the auxiliary bishop of the Denver archdiocese, encouraged the crowd to remember that human lives are “precious in God’s sight.”
“Let us glorify God in our love for one another. Let us glorify God by responding to all violence with peace and to all evil with love,” he said in his introductory remarks.
The vigil drew thousands of people to the Aurora Municipal Center who mourned the 12 killed in the shooting early July 20. Another 58 people were wounded in the attack and the resulting chaos.
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan spoke at the event, as did several religious leaders, the Denver Post reports.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper read each of the names of those who died.
The crowd responded to each name by shouting “We will remember.” [More]