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Statement on Peshawar school massacre

Following the massacre of dozens of students and staff in Peshawar on 16 December 2014, WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit extended his sympathies.

17 December 2014

I am shocked and outraged by the massacre of 132 children and 9 staff at a school in Peshawar yesterday. It is hard to believe that fellow human beings created in the image of God can descend to such brutality. Whatever grievances – real or imagined – may have inspired this attack, the actions of the perpetrators is utterly condemnable. No true interpretation of any religion can justify or tolerate such an outrage. I pray for the victims and their families, for their communities, and for all of us as we struggle to confront such incomprehensible and unfeeling violence.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit 
General secretary, World Council of Churches