The Church all around the world prays for victims of the dramatic events in Paris.
“I am deeply shaken by the tragedy which took place in the Paris Archdiocese. It affected not only the French People, but also all nations for whom peaceful co-existence and respect for human life belong to the highest values,” Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz wrote in a telegram sent to the Archbishop of Paris. The Pastor of the Church in Krakow expressed solidarity and compassion for the victims and the people of France. He also gave his assurance of prayers for the deceased and the wounded.
The Church all over the world prays for the victims of Friday’s events repeating after St. Sister Faustyna the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy: ”For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world”.
In the reaction we see in social media, it is clear that this tragedy affected every one of us. Many of the posts are tagged #PrayForParis, and all over the world we hear exhortations for prayer and reconciliation. In a similar vein the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois has said: “Faced with the violence of men, may we receive the grace of a firm heart, without hatred. May the moderation, temperance and control that has been shown so far, be confirmed in the weeks and months to come; let no one indulge in panic or hatred. We ask that grace be the artisan of peace. We need never despair of peace if we build on justice.”
Remembering these words, let’s repeat after Pope St. John Paul II: “It is thanks to the heart that the man is sensitive to the values of the good, of the justice, brotherhood and peace.”
Translated by Klara and Monika Dorożyńskie
Editing: TH Trans Department