CCSM condemns "heinous" attack at two mosques in New Zealand

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CCSM condemns "heinous" attack at two mosques in New Zealand

Amman-en.abouna.org and indcatholicnews.com

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader has denounced the massacre carried out Friday on two mosques in New Zealand, terming them as exuding terrorism and brutality.

In a terse reaction to the heinous crime, Fr. Bader said, "Dozens of people killed in two attacks on two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayers… damned terrorism and its ugly brutality."

New Zealand authorities reported that forty nine people have been killed and more than 20 others have been seriously injured at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after at least one gunman opened fire on worshipers.

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has issued the following message of solidarity with the Muslim community in New Zealand:

Dear Members of the Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand,
We hold you in prayer as we hear the terrible news of violence against Muslims at mosques in Christchurch. We are profoundly aware of the positive relationships we have with Islamic people in this land, and we are particularly horrified that this has happened at a place and time of prayer.

We are deeply saddened that people have been killed and injured, and our hearts go out to them, their families and wider community. We wish you to be aware of our solidarity with you in the face of such violence.
Peace, Salaam,

+ Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland and NZCBC President
+ Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North and NZCBC Secretary
+ John Dew, Cardinal Archbishop of Wellington
+ Paul Martin, Bishop of Christchurch
+ Steve Lowe, Bishop of Hamilton

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:59
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