From the Archdiocese for the Military Services website:
Washington, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop of the Military Services, USA, today issued the following statement on the crash of a United States military helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans and eight Afghanis in the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops in the ten-year-old war.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“On behalf of my Auxiliary Bishops, the priests, and the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, I express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the valiant members of the Armed Forces and the Afghani citizens who perished in the helicopter crash and the recent fighting in the Tangi Province of Afghanistan. Their death is one more reminder of the terrible tragedy of war and its toll on all people. No person of good will is left unmoved by this loss.
“As we pray for the repose of their souls and the consolation of their families, we also raise our hearts and minds to Almighty God and beg for the elusive gift of peace on earth and harmony among all people.”
As the nation’s only Catholic archdiocese without geographical boundaries, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, has active military priests and chaplains stationed throughout the country and around the world. Their mission is to meet the spiritual and sacramental needs of 1.5 million Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces, their families, Catholics in VA Medical Centers, and U.S. Government civilians overseas.