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Archbishop Welby Condemns Synagogue Attack

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Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the weekend.

Responding to the attack which left eight men and three women dead, Welby said, “We stand together in deep sorrow and prayer with Jewish people everywhere as they mourn the victims of the Pittsburgh attacks.

“Such hatred is found globally and historically and must be resisted globally and eternally.”

Also reacting to the incident, Pope Francis called the incident an ‘inhuman act of violence.’

Speaking on Sunday in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, the pope prayed for God “to help us to extinguish the flames of hatred that develop in our societies, reinforcing the sense of humanity, respect for life and civil and moral values.”

The victims had been attending a baby naming service when shots were fired. A man has been arrested and charged with 29 offences.

The suspect, named as Robert Gregory Bowers, has been charged with 30 offences; eleven counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

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