On Tuesday Cardinal Vincent Nichols met with seven distinguished leaders of Islam in Europe. They joined the Cardinal in prayer and issued the following joint statement:
Together, as faith leaders, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the murderous assault that took place today at the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in France.
We are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel.
To commit murder at a place where people gather in peace to worship adds another layer of depravity to the violence that we have witnessed over the past weeks.
We pray for the courage to respond to all evil with truth, justice and reconciliation.