Following this morning’s murder of Fr Jacques Hamel at the church in St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, on behalf of the Diocese in Europe I want to assure the Archbishop of Rouen, Monseigneur Dominique Lebrun and the people of his archdiocese, indeed of the whole of France, of our prayerful support and solidarity. We hold in our prayers Fr Hamel and others caught up in this dreadful act of violence, including the perpetrators themselves. These are times of heightened tension if not anger in France and beyond but my prayer is that the French people will hold on to their dignity, which I witnessed when I visited Nice shortly after the recent tragedy there. In particular I pray for the parishioners of St Etienne-du-Rouvray that they may hold firm to the faith of the Resurrection to which Fr Hamel testified at the hour of his violent death. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.