Bishops respond to Paris attacks
The three bishops of St Albans Diocese have issued the following statement, today, Saturday, 14th November, in response to the attacks in Paris on the 13th.
“Friday’s terrorist atrocities in Paris break our hearts as well as opening them to the families of those who have been killed and to those who have been injured.
We condemn this violence and repudiate any attempt to justify it in the name of religion. We stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters, and those of all faiths, in our resolve to work together for a safe and cohesive world in which all may flourish.
These events have taken place at the beginning of interfaith week. One of this year’s key themes is ‘Living Well Together’, which commits us to the task of talking and engaging together about the hard questions including extremism. In Luton and across the whole Diocese of St Albans there is a strong track record of standing together against extremism of all shades. This will be our starting place as we respond to the events in Paris. Meanwhile we will continue to pray for all those who are suffering as a result of the attacks.”
+Alan, Bishop of St Albans
+Richard, Bishop of Bedford
+Michael, Bishop of Hertford