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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On behalf of the World Council of Churches I write to express the deep sadness and shock of the fellowship of churches over the terrifying events that unfolded in Paris. Be assured of the prayers of us all for those who grieve, and for those seized by fear.

Your leadership as churches will be called upon in these coming days in a very urgent way as people seek comfort and meaning. Within congregations throughout the country, most particularly in Paris, there will be a need for the gathered faithful to be reminded of the hope present in God’s love, that despite the feelings of terror and confusion, we are never abandoned. Scripture and faith and the strength of community must be our refuge in these coming days.

I commend to you the statement, accompanying this letter, issued by the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, currently meeting in Geneva. These words are offered as a voice of solidarity with you.

Again, allow me to offer the condolences of fellow Christians around the world, and our commitment to support you in prayer.

Yours in our Common Lord,

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
WCC general secretary


Read also: WCC strongly condemned terror attacks (WCC news release of 14 November 2015)