Archbishop Blair, who is currently attending the annual November meeting of the U.S. Bishops and who is a member of its Administrative Committee, has directed that the following statement be issued on his behalf and that of the whole Administrative Committee:
A Statement of Solidarity from the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Terror always seeks to separate us from those we most love. Through their suffering, courage and compassion, Parisians are reminding us that the common bond of humanity is strongest when the need is greatest. We pledge our prayers for everyone who suffers from this horrific violence and our advocacy to support all those working to build just and peaceful societies.
To the people of France, we mourn with you and honor the lives lost from several nations, including our own. To our brothers and sisters in the Church in France, your family in the United States holds you close to our hearts. May the tender and merciful love of Jesus Christ give you comfort during this great trial and lead you on a path toward healing and peace.