01/28/2011 03:35 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Statement In Response to the Murder of Ugandan Gay Rights Activist David Kato

The Presiding Bishop presently is in Dublin, Ireland, attending the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion.

Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori issued this statement in response to the slaying of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato:

At this morning's Eucharist at the Primates Meeting, I offered prayers for the repose of the soul of David Kato. His murder deprives his people of a significant and effective voice, and we pray that the world may learn from his gentle and quiet witness, and begin to receive a heart of flesh in place of a heart of stone. May he rest in peace, and may his work continue to bring justice and dignity for all God's children.