Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.
In Paris, France, President Francois Hollande has blamed the Islamic State for the terrorist attacks on Friday the 13th. At this point, it has been verified that there are 127 dead, 300 hospitalized, and 80 in critical condition after the Paris attacks. France is still under a nationwide state of emergency and the military troops are patrolling the capital. President Hollande said, “It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France. It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”
This event has surely struck fear into those of France and other European countries, with many already fearful of recent violent terrorist conflicts in Syria and elsewhere. The attack might be in response to a recent French attack on the oil operations controlled by the Islamic State in Syria. Paris is very much in shock and still in a complete state of alert. Much of normal life and daily operations have come to a halt as the traumatized country regroups.
The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Tois, will celebrate mass at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame on Sunday for the victims and the families of the victims. He remarked, “Our country has once again known pain and mourning and must stand up to the barbarism propagated by fanatical groups.” In the mean time, authorities are searching for possible allies of the eight known attackers, thus far. France has declared their first state of emergency since 2005 and the Parisians seem to be lost in their native land, searching for a sense of peace amidst this harsh reality.
Pope Francis extended his prayerful condolences and a few choice words, “There is no justification for such things, neither religious nor human, this is not human, it is difficult to understand such things, done by human beings.” It is all too true that certain acts of terror seem unexplainable.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany gave some very powerful last words with a broken voice, “Those who we mourn were murdered in front of cafes, in restaurants, in a concert hall or on the open street. They wanted to live the life of free people in a city that celebrates life, and they met with murderers who hate this life of freedom.”
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