Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal offers condolences following Christchurch mosque attacks

Following terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 50 people dead on 15th March 2019, Cardinal Vincent has sent a letter of condolence to Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington expressing condolences and sympathy on behalf of the Catholic Church in England and Wales for those who died, or were injured, bereaved or traumatised. In the letter, the Cardinal writes:

'I am writing to offer my sincere condolences following the terror attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch. These attacks have shocked the world and all who hold that respect for human life is an essential foundation for every society.

'Please do pass on my deepest sympathy to the religious leaders of the two mosques. May God grant strength and enduring faith to all who are bereaved, injured and traumatised. May God welcome into his merciful presence all those who have died. May God turn the hearts of all who commit evil to a true understanding of his desire and intention for humanity.

'I assure you, too, of the prayers and condolences of the Catholic Community in England and Wales. We, too, mourn this loss of life. We pray for the eternal repose of all who have died.'


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