December 9, 2015
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (CNS) — Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral was dark as men and women of different faiths walked down the center aisle of the mission-revival-style church.
The names of the 14 victims of the Dec. 2 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino were read by an unseen woman, with an equal number of 6-inch white candles lit on a table before the altar. And the haunting high voice of a soloist sang the civil rights theme “We Shall Overcome.”
More than 400 gathered in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s mother church for an evening vigil Dec. 7. They came to pray for the slaughtered and 21 injured in what President Barack Obama has called a terrorist attack in this city, some 65 miles east of Los Angeles along Route 66. A place that still considers itself a small town now confronting an unimaginable evil.