As news broke of nine people killed by an alleged far-right extremist gunman on 19 February in Hanau, Germany, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned the violence and extended condolences to family and friends of those who perished.
“Extremism and hate have no place in our world,” said Tveit. “We must continue to act together to stamp out the extremist and racist attitudes that lead to such brutal violence.”
The attack comes amid growing concerns about far-right violence in Germany. “We prayerfully support churches in Germany and across the world in stopping the tide of xenophobia that tears at the fabric of our one human family,” added Tveit.