The Vatican on Wednesday condemned as “abominable” the actions of at least two gunmen who opened fire at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday, killing 12 people. The gunmen fled the scene shortly after carrying out the crime.
Ten members of the magazine’s staff, including the editor-in-chief and caricaturist Stephane Charbonnier (who publishes under the pen name Charb) were among the dead, according to police. Two police officers were also reportedly killed. Three people were in critical condition.
The Vatican’s deputy spokesman, Father Ciro Benedettini, said ”It is a double act of violence, abominable because it is both an attack against people as well as against freedom of the press.”
Father Benedettini added that Pope Francis would likely issue a personal condemnation later on Wednesday by sending a message to the archbishop of Paris.