Catholics and the Munich Massacre

September 9, 1972: In a highly unusual move, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops…called for prayers…on behalf of the Israeli athletes who were murdered by Arab terrorists” saying that “decent people everywhere can only be appalled by the tragic and outrageous killing at the Olympic Games.” (Mitch Levin)

The NCCB was established, in part, to attend to the Catholic Church’s own affairs in the United States, fulfilling the Vatican Council’s mandate that bishops “jointly exercise their pastoral office” (Decree on the Bishops’ Pastoral Office in the Church, #38). NCCB operated through committees made up exclusively of bishops, many of which had full-time staff organized in secretariats.

The Gambia issued this souvenir sheet on November 9, 2000 in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics:



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