Following the terrorist attack on a French satirical newspaper that left 12 dead in Paris Wednesday, Pope Francis has publicly condemned the attacks, calling for peace amidst the aftermath, reports Catholic News Agency.
“The Holy Father expresses the strongest condemnation of the horrific attack that struck the city of Paris this morning, claiming a high number of victims, sowing death, throwing the entire French society into disarray, and deeply disturbing all peace loving people well beyond the borders of France,” Holy See press office director Father Federico Lombardi said.
“Whatever may be the motivation, homicidal violence is abominable. It is never justified: the life and dignity of all must be firmly guaranteed and guarded; any instigation to hate refuted; and respect for the other cultivated,” he later continued.
Lombardi also emphasized the Pope wants solidarity for those who “work for peace, justice and rights, to heal in depth the sources and the causes of hatred” and that he “shares in the suffering of the wounded and the families of the deceased” while calling everyone to “oppose by all means possible the spread of hatred and of every form of violence, both physical and moral, which destroys human life, violates the dignity of persons, radically undermines the fundamental good of peaceful coexistence between individuals and peoples, despite differences of nationality, religion and culture.”
Several French archbishops have also joined Pope Francis in condemning the attacks, most notably, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris, who expressed his “horror” and “deep compassion for the families and friends of the victims.”
“With the Catholics of Paris, he condemns this act of barbarism and called more than ever to work to build relationships of peace and mutual respect in our society,” a spokesman for the cardinal said.