Archbishop Timothy Broglio Issues Statement on U.S. Marine Plane Crash Calls on faithful to pray for the repose of those who died and the consolation of their families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement tonight on the tragic U.S. Marine Corps plane crash in Mississippi:

“I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the KC-130 Hercules plane crash in Mississippi, killing all 15 Marines and one Sailor aboard. I express my heartfelt condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this terrible accident. My heart also goes out to their colleagues and others who worked with them.  They also suffer the loss and ask questions. I ask the faithful to join me in prayer for the repose of those who died and the consolation of their families. Tragically, this is the second multi-fatal accident involving the Armed Forces in less than a month, coming so soon after the USS Fitzgerald collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan on June 17. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to defend our great nation and the freedoms we cherish. We should keep them in our prayers always, and never take their sacrifice for granted.”