WCC calls for prayer and action in the wake of Nice atrocity

The World Council of Churches has condemned the 14 July attack on Nice, calling faith organisations to prayer and to action. 

Acting General Secretary of the World Council of Churches Georges Lemopoulos stated, "We are praying for the victims and their families, and for all the people of France, as are many Christians and our partners in dialogue from other world religions.

"Bastille Day is the great festival of liberty and mutual support in France. We condemn this assault on innocent human beings, and also on the values of justice and community. Those celebrating national unity were targeted deliberately.

It is essential that the spirit of unity be upheld and that no one minority community may be scapegoated for the crimes of a few

"At this time the motive behind the injustice is being investigated. Whatever the outcome of that inquiry, it is essential that the spirit of unity be upheld and that no one minority community may be scapegoated for the crimes of a few."

"People of good will must respond, and we in the WCC pledge to take positive, direct action as part a common response to this brutal attack, This is a time for prayer, but also for action by faith organisations in partnership with state and secular agencies."