AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – For many religious dominations throughout Colorado and around the world Sunday’s services were an opportunity to mourn those lost in Friday’s shooting as well as praying for the recovery of those injured.
“For all those who died in this week’s tragic shooting in Aurora, for those who have been traumatized by this event, for their family and friends; may Christ the Good Shepard bring comfort to all his people and bring eternal life to all who have died,” a pastor said to his congregation.
Queen of Peace church in Aurora, just miles from the shooting site, was among many church services that included prayers for those involved in the Aurora shooting.
“Everybody’s hurt and sad with what happened,” Father Maurico Bermuez said. “But at the same time the community has been very strong and they have been together and praying and just trying to be supportive of each other.”
A man from Aurora, Ill. is so saddened by the shooting he was inspired to drive to Colorado to put up crosses in honor of the dead and wounded. Greg Zanis put up the same crosses after the Columbine shooting in 1999. Zanis says the 15-hour drive was an emotional one.
“(I) cried so many times and I know you’re going to end up getting me crying, but it’s just so hard to be back here again. I mean this is the second time,” Zanis said.
In Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Pope Benedict addressed a crowd of pilgrims.
“I was deeply shocked by the senseless violence which took place in Aurora,” he said.
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The Holy Father offered a blessing after he gave a daily devotional.
“I impart my blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the risen Lord.”
A large vigil will be held at the Aurora Municipal Center located at 15151 East Alameda Parkway at 6 p.m. There is parking available on the east side of the building or in the garage.