El Paso, Texas - ACI Press, The Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso, Bishop Mark Seitz, delivered several of the 50 rosaries blessed by Pope Francis to the various survivors and relatives of the victims of the shooting in a Walmart store in August 2019, in which they died 22 people and another 26 were injured.
The Bishop delivered the rosaries during a prayer vigil at the pastoral center of the diocese at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, which commemorated those affected by the shooting six months ago.
With a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe presiding over the prayer, Bishop Seitz expressed his joy for those who attended the moment of remembrance and prayer. “It is very important that we meet from time to time to let you know, we will not forget you, we walk with you,” Bishop Seitz said.
After mentioning one by one those who was injured in the tragedy, the Bishop entrusted all the dead to God’s mercy. “We continue to pray for all the injured, particularly for Memo García who remains in the hospital in intensive care,” Bishop Seitz said.
“God so full of mercy, is righteous. It is a Christian thing to pray for those who hurt us. We entrust justice and mercy to him,” he continued.
During the prayer in English and Spanish, the Bishop of El Paso stressed that “the Lord Jesus invites us all, including the deceased, come to me. Do not be afraid, I am here with my mercy. And he says to the wounded, come to me, I’m ready to help you, to carry your yoke, to help you get out of the suffering you experience.”
“Let us put our trust in Jesus and find in Him the comfort that only He can give,” he added.
The Bishop related to the congregation how the Pope gave him the rosaries at the Vatican during his ad limina visit January with the bishops of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma in January.
“I want to make sure that each of the families of the deceased and each of the families of the injured have one of these rosaries,” Bishop Seitz said.
Bishop Seitz then delivered several of the rosaries personally and shared an emotional moment with those that received the rosaries.
Fernando Ceniceros, from the communications office of the Diocese of El Paso, told ACI Prensa that so far the Bishop has delivered several rosaries and that coordination is being made to deliver the remaining rosaries to the other families.
“The Bishop will endeavor to hand deliver the rosaries to those families personally,” Ceniceros said.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019, a suspect identified as Patrick Crusius entered a Walmart store in El Paso and shot at those who were there, leaving 22 people dead and 24 others injured, among whom there were several Mexicans.
According to BBC Mundo they reported that the 21-year-old surrendered to authorities. He then said to authorities that his aim was “to kill as many Mexicans” as he could, something that emerges from the manifesto that appeared in the controversial 8chan platform.
“We now have a manifesto of this individual that indicates to some extent a connection with a possible hate crime,” El Paso police chief Greg Allen said during a press conference back in August.
The manifesto begins with a statement of sympathy towards the perpetrator of the shootings in the New Zealand mosques, where 51 people died in March of 2019.
The suspect in the El Paso Shooting of August 3rd also said the attack was a response to what he calls a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”