Press Release No: 15/01
7 January 2015
The Conference of European Churches condemns today’s deadly attacks on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The shootings have left a reported 12 people dead and another four seriously injured.
The Conference of European Churches is dismayed by this atrocious act of violence and loss of human life. Our heartfelt prayers are with the victims of this tragedy, the survivors, and all their loved ones.
Reacting to today’s events, CEC General Secretary Guy Liagre expressed his sorrow and hopes for peace in the aftermath. “We grieve for the victims and their families in the wake of irreparable loss,” Liagre said, “The churches of Europe join with all people of good will in a profound hope for justice and peace in the coming days.” The Conference of European Churches also rejects religious explanations for the violence and urges the European community to respond peacefully.
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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.