The Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of France (AEOF), chaired by Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, issued a statement last night regarding the brutal murder of three Christians inside the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Nice by a young Muslim extremist:
“Nothing can justify such violence”
Terror struck again in the heart of our Nation and offended our Democracy.
Nothing can justify the violence that costs human lives, especially in a church, in a place of prayer, praise of God and peace.
We, the Orthodox Bishops of France, strongly condemn this heinous act and any kind of exploitation of religion for political reasons.
Religion can only be a factor of peace and brotherhood between peoples and a means of integration into Democracy and the traditions of our country.
We express our solidarity and our sincere and friendly condolences to our Roman Catholic brothers in France. The Orthodox of France participate in their mourning and pray for the victims and the wounded.
We also welcome the action of the security forces that are on the front lines to ensure order. Also, on this occasion we thank the medical staff, that works hard to deal with the health crisis in our country.