Vatican releases initial statement following Paris attacks

People light candles in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, outside the French Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 13. Dozens of people were killed in a series of attacks in Paris Nov. 13. (CNS photo/Lukas Schulze, EPA)
People light candles in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, outside the French Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 13. Dozens of people were killed in a series of attacks in Paris Nov. 13. (CNS photo/Lukas Schulze, EPA)

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From Catholic News Service:

A translation of a statement issued by the director of the Holy See press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, shortly after the terror attacks in Paris Nov. 13.

Here in the Vatican we are following the terrible news from Paris. We are shocked by this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred which we condemn in the most radical way together with the Pope and all those who love peace. We pray for the victims and the wounded, and for all the French people. This is an attack on peace for all humanity, and it requires a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread the homicidal hatred in all of its forms.

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