In a letter to the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, Sauca expressed grief on behalf of the WCC global fellowship.
“In this time, we are reminded of our call to love our neighbor and recognize the sanctity of all life,” Sauca wrote. “We pray for the people of the city of Buffalo, the city of Chicago and the communities in the United States who experience far too often the tragedy of gun violence.”
Sauca concluded: “We join you in your cry from the prophet Habakkuk – O Lord, How long shall I cry for help. May you be strengthened by our fellowship in Christ and may violence everywhere cease.”