‘Unite suffering’ with those grieving, archbishop tells Oregon Catholics

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October 4, 2015

Women console one another during a candlelit vigil following a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Oct. 1. (CNS photo/Steve Dipaola, Reuters) See  OREGON-SHOOTING Oct. 2, 2015.

Women console one another during a candlelit vigil following a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Oct. 1. (CNS photo/Steve Dipaola, Reuters)

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy.

Authorities in Roseburg, in green rolling hills 180 miles south of Portland, identified the shooter Oct. 2 as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, but did not give details about him. The names of those he fatally shot had not yet been released. Nine others were wounded.

FBI investigators say the gunman brought six legally-purchased weapons to the small college and was wearing a flak jacket. A witness reports he asked students what their religions were before he began shooting.

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