The Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Praeses Manfred Kock, on the terror attacks in the United States of America

11th September 2001

Regarding the horrific terror attack on central institutions in the United States of America I am absolutely shaken and utterly consternated. One thing is clear though: Terrorists without any scruples, despisers of mankind have sacrificed thousands of human lives. We feel helpless being confronted with political fanaticism and extremism with their bloody "harvest".

During these horrible hours all Christians in Germany are with the citizens of the USA in their thoughts and prayers. May God be with them and all of us. We bring our lamentation before God, we pray for the victims and their families. We pray for peace. We pray for the responsible politicians, who in these hours have to make difficult decisions.

Hanover, 11th of September 2001
Public Relations Office of the EKD