According to details, Archbishop of Lahore Francis Shaw in a statement sent to Fides stated that, “We are terribly shocked. The massacre in Paris shook all Pakistanis. We condemn all forms of violence. Pakistan is a state which for years has fought against terrorism that has hit the streets, squares, schools, churches.
Yesterday in the cathedral of Lahore, as in many other churches in Pakistan, we celebrated a Mass for the victims and today we express deep sympathy with the French and European citizens.”
“Yesterday I had a meeting with all the priests of the diocese and, as Pakistani Christians, we join in offering condolences to the families and pray for the victims. Many Muslim leaders in Pakistan have expressed their condemnation, remembering that terrorism savages the name of God and Islam”, Archbishop said in his statement to Fides.
Archbishop Francis Shaw further stated that “We will continue to pray unceasingly to God for the gift of peace and the strength to overcome difficult times like this.”
“Terrorism is a challenge that affects us all today. Nowhere is safe. It is necessary to find strategies in the international community, between Europe and the Middle East. The answer is to strengthen security measures but also work daily for culture and education, especially with young people”.
“The Church, in all the countries in the world, continues to propose the values of peace, tolerance, respect for human dignity, and to bring the Gospel as a message of love and reconciliation: this will be for us in Pakistan the centre of the Jubilee of mercy” he wrapped up.
The victimized country mourns as a result of the attacks in Paris, whereas, France held a minute of silence at midday local time for the victims, on a national scale. French President Francois Hollande, himself led the minute’s silence from the Sorbonne University in an act of acknowledgement of the young age of majority of the 129 who died, as a result of the deadly attacks in Paris.