The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, has sent a message of support to the Archbishop of Rouen, Mgr Dominique Lebrun expressing his “deep sorrow and shock” at the horrific events in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray today (26 July).
Archbishop Tartaglia offered prayers for the repose of the soul of Father Jacques Hamel and for the people of France, Germany and other places “so cruelly targeted by men of evil intent”.
The full text of Archbishop Tartaglia’s message can be found below.
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To Mgr Dominique Lebrun, Archbishop of Rouen.
I write to express the deep sorrow and shock of the Catholics of Glasgow and Scotland at the news of the horrific attack on the church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray.
We are truly appalled at the series of attacks which have been perpetrated on France and her people over recent weeks. This latest incident represents a new and shocking development – namely the attack on people engaged in the worship of God in a sacred place.
We pray for the repose of the soul of the priest killed and for the recovery of those injured. We pray for the people of France, Germany and other places so cruelly targeted by men of evil intent in recent weeks.
May God have mercy on us all.
Yours in solidarity and prayer,
Archbishop of Glasgow, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland