Again, the world is horrified by another senseless act of violence directed at places of worship as two mosques were attacked in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. This hateful attack at a place of prayer and peace claimed the lives of dozens and injured many more innocent worshippers. As people of faith, we condemn the evil of hate and violence and we pray for the gift of peace.
We offer our prayers asking our most merciful and compassionate God for healing for those injured, His loving care for those who have died, and comfort and consolation for their families.
Let us join with our Muslim brothers and sisters as we spend this day in prayer, remembering the words of Pope Francis who asked that “the Lord might help the world extinguish the hotbeds of hatred, strengthening our sense of humanity and respect for life and the holy fear of God, who is Love and the Father of all.”