Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered prayers for the victims of a terror attack in north London that targeted worshippers outside a mosque in the early hours of Monday.
One person was killed and nine have been hospitalized, after a van drove into a group outside the Finsbury Park Mosque shortly before 12:20 am June 19.
The Muslim worshippers were helping an elderly man who had fallen down in the street. “Together with people all over this country I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park,” Cardinal Nichols stated. “Violence breeds violence. Hatred breeds hatred. Every one of us must repudiate hatred and violence from our words and actions. We must all be builders of understanding, compassion and peace, day by day, in our homes, our work and our communities. That is the only way.” The Cardinal also wrote to Muslim leaders at the mosque and elsewhere to assure them of the prayers and support of the Catholic community in the wake of the terror attack.
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