Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, whose cathedral is just a short walk from the scene of the London terrorist attack, called for prayers for the dead and wounded.
“Yesterday’s attacks in Westminster have shocked us all,” he said in a statement on 23rd March. “The kind of violence we have seen all too often in other places has again brought horror and killing to this city.”
The fatalities included Aysha Frade, a 43-year-old Catholic mother mowed down by a car driven by the assailant as he sped over Westminster Bridge toward the British Parliament. Frade was on her way to pick up her children from school when she was killed.
After crashing the vehicle into railings, the British-born Muslim ran into New Palace Yard, near Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a police officer before he was killed by police. About 40 people were injured in the attack.
“Pray for Aysha Frade, killed by the car on Westminster Bridge,” Cardinal Nichols said, adding that her two children attended St Mary of the Angels Primary School, a Catholic school in West London.
Picture: The flag above the Houses of Parliament in London flies at half mast the day after a terrorist attack. (Jonathan Brady/PA).