Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined fellow Presidents of Churches Together in England in calling for prayer after the attack on Coptic Christians in Cairo on Sunday.
The Presidents said:
'We heard with deep sorrow and concern of the attack yesterday on St Peter's Coptic Orthodox Church within the complex of St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo as people gathered to worship. We pray for those who have lost loved ones that they may know God's comforting presence. We pray too for the nation of Egypt as it mourns.
As we prepare once more to celebrate the coming of Christ, the Prince of Peace, our prayer is that all people of faith in Egypt, Muslims and Christians alike, may be strengthened in their quest for peace and their rejection of the crude and cruel tactics of the terrorists.'
Bishop Dr Eric Brown, Pentecostal Churches
HE Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, Orthodox Churches
Revd Canon Billy Kennedy, New Churches, Religious Society of Friends and Lutheran and German-speaking Churches
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Roman Catholic Church
Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, Free Churches Moderator
Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England