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Franciscan Sisters will ring bells for Connecticut children

Posted: December 21, 2012 - 9:09pm

Franciscan Sisters will ring bells for Connecticut children

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls are joining other women religious in standing up and speaking out for the sacredness of the Connecticut children whose lives were lost and for all people everywhere. On Dec. 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the Franciscans will ring their bells at 11 a.m. and pause for a moment of silence to pray for all the families who have lost loved ones.

“Let us remember that together we can overcome the deep darkness of these times by the radiant light of our own lives and actions,” said Sister Bea Eichten, community minister. “We invite others to pause at 11 a.m. on Friday, too.”

The Sisters released a statement from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

“The tragedy of the past days has called the nation into a period of mourning. We are all deeply affected by the killings in Newtown, Conn...Gun regulation is an imperative...This is also a time to restore civility to our world and work to change the pervasive culture of violence found throughout this nation, and especially in the entertainment industry.”

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls favor responsible gun legislation and want to encourage congressional leaders to support a federal ban on the sale, transfer, importation, and possession of assault weapons and the munitions that go with them. They said they ask Congress to fund robust care for those with mental illness as well as take steps to address the growing use of violence as a means of entertainment.