Church solidarity message to the victims of Peshawar atrocities

By agency reporter
December 17, 2014

Following the massacre of dozens of students and staff in Peshawar on 16 December 2014, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit extended sympathies to those bereaved or wounded, offering prayers for the victims and their families, for their communities.

Dr Tveit offered his comments in a statement issued on 17 December from the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the statement, the world churches' chief said, “I am shocked and outraged by the massacre of 132 children and nine staff at a school in Peshawar yesterday. It is hard to believe that fellow human beings created in the image of God can descend to such brutality. Whatever grievances – real or imagined – may have inspired this attack, the actions of the perpetrators are utterly condemnable.

"No true interpretation of any religion can justify or tolerate such an outrage. I pray for the victims and their families, for their communities, and for all of us as we struggle to confront such incomprehensible and unfeeling violence.”

* WCC member churches in Pakistan: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/asia/pakistan

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