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Rome interfaith service honors Orlando shooting victims

Around 70 people gathered at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rome on Thursday (June 16), to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting. RNS photo courtesy Rosie Scammell

By Rosie Scammell | 20 hours ago

ROME (RNS) Around 70 people gathered at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church near the U.S. embassy here for a prayer service dedicated to “the victims of hatred and violence” in Orlando.

The event on Thursday (June 16) came four days after 49 people were killed and 53 injured by a gunman at a gay nightclub in the Florida city.

The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth Hackett, attended the service along with diplomats and staff from at least seven embassies.

They included the ambassador from Israel, Zion Evrony. The Muslim community was represented by Imam Yahya Pallavicini, vice president of Italy’s Religious Islamic Community.


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