Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ Statement on the Death of Mrs Ann Maguire

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has expressed his “utter shock and sadness” at the killing of school teacher Mrs Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi College, Leeds.


“Today I express my utter shock and sadness at the tragic killing of Mrs Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi College. My heart goes out to her husband and daughters, to their wider family, to everyone at Corpus Christi Catholic College and to the parishes connected to the College.

“I want to assure them of my prayers, and those of the entire Diocese of Westminster at this time. May the Lord comfort the bereaved, consoling them with his unshakeable promise of eternal life.

“I pray, too, that through the shock, distress and anger that this action evokes, the light of Christ may shine, a light that calls us to trust in his merciful love, that brings us a touch of calm and healing and that opens our hearts to each other in our bewilderment and dismay.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster