The human devastation that unfolded on the evening of Bastille Day along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice has brought about countless deaths and untold sorrow to everyone present. This sorrow and numbness are shared by people worldwide, as we take note of yet another event in France which has all the hallmarks of a premeditated terrorist attack. It follows on two such attacks in Paris in 2015.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the President and people of France at this time, especially those in Nice who witnessed and were part of this present tragedy, men, women and children alike. We offer them our human solidarity and prayers of support within the love of God.
Links between Ireland and France are strong and historical. Bastille Day has long been a day to celebrate all things French along with the values of freedom internationally. President Hollande has described this attack as ‘a violence that is absolute.’ We pray for comfort for the distraught and for peace, stability and harmony in a nation renowned for its principled and sustained stand for freedom in the modern world. We pray also that good relations among those of World Faiths living in France will be upheld as all come together in solidarity to identify with human devastation and loss of life.
Michael Jackson, archbishop of Dublin
July 15 2016
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