Grand Master on behalf of the whole Order of Malta sends deepest condolences to French President
Fra’ Matthew Festing expresses solidarity to the families and the people of France
Rome, 9 January 2015
Ordre de Malte France flag flies at half mast, 9 January 2015
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing has expressed his deepest condolences in a letter to President Hollande of France for the terrorist attack on the staff and offices of the weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7th January. Twelve people lost their lives and others were left wounded.
“In this tragic moment, I wish to express our sincere condolences, closeness and spiritual solidarity to the families of all the victims and to the people of France. The government of the Sovereign Order of Malta strongly condemns this horrific attack, firmly opposing all forms of violence, physical and moral,” states Fra’ Matthew Festing.
In solidarity the offices of Ordre de Malte France in Paris are flying their flag at half-mast.