The people of Belgium remain in a state of "shock" and "anguish" following the recent terrorist attacks, but political leaders are not vengeful, Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels said in an interview.
"In the speeches and comments in the media on the part of politicians, there is no call to hatred or revenge," he said. "There is the feeling that we are all victims, even the Muslim community."
The prelate, however, warned of the "current risk" of "hatred" of Islam—something, he said, that the terrorists wish to provoke. He called for prayer and for commitment to "a more fraternal society, with more solidarity, built on respect for the other: these are Gospel values."