Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke tonight, 22 March, to BBC Radio Essex and expressed his shock after the “terrorist incident” in Westminster that left at least five people dead and 40 injured.
The Cardinal offered his prayers for those who died and those who grieving.
“Like everybody I was very shocked as the news started to come through this afternoon and now, as we just look back, I think first of the families of the people who have lost their lives. I pray for the dead and I pray for those who will mourn their loss very deeply.
“It’ll be especially tragic for the families of the young French visitors who, I understand, have been seriously injured.
“Clearly my first thoughts are for the victims and for those who will mourn and be in considerable shock.
“And then, of course, it’s important as a society that we hold our nerve, keep calm, and let the story unfold and the information be established as to what exactly has taken place.
“As police commissioners have said to me, it’s always a combination of being calm but very vigilant.”