His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written to His Eminence Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, on 9 January expressing his condolences and offering his prayers for the French community following the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday 7 January in which 12 people died and 11 more were injured.
The letter reads as follows:
Your Excellency, dear André,
I write with great sadness to offer my condolences to the people of France for the massacre carried out at the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. This dreadful and merciless attack has caused anguish throughout the civilised world and I add my prayers to those of many others from all faiths for the victims and their loved ones.
I know that the Church will continue its witness to reconciliation and peace-building during this terrible time for France and I assure you of my support and solidarity as you exercise your pastoral leadership to help heal a city wounded by violence and hatred.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster