Philadelphia Catholics Pray for Peace Following Civil Unrest Involving Police Shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

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After riots in Philadelphia in response to a police involved shooting, the city has imposed a curfew. The city council also approved a ban on the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray on protesters.

Meanwhile, Catholics in the community are turning to prayer. A parish in Philadelphia is taking to YouTube to recite the rosary and pray for peace and an end to systemic racism.

But overnight, a van loaded up with explosives was discovered in Philadelphia. The bomb squad is investigating after officers found propane tanks, torches and what looks like dynamite sticks inside the van.

This discovery occurred just days after the police-involved shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday afternoon, Oct. 26. Wallace, who was holding a knife during the incident, had a history of mental illness.

What started as peaceful protests on the city streets turned into violence and looting. Philly’s Mayor Jim Kenney says it won’t be tolerated.

“It is clear many of these folks are in no way honoring the memory of Walter Wallace Jr.,” Jim says, “rather they are taking advantage of those who want to peacefully protest Walter’s tragic death.”