Cardinal Nichols on Finsbury Park mosque attack: “I am appalled”

Following a brutal attack on Muslims leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park last night that left one dead and ten injured, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, today said:

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. I have assured the leadership of the Mosque and the Muslim Welfare Centre of our prayers and support.

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 is adding his voice to that of other religious leaders (see Guardian here). The prime minister, Theresa May, said this morning: “This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism, in whatever its form, it seeks to drive us apart. We will not let this happen.”

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