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A prayerful message in response to the Mosque attack in New Zealand

A prayerful message in response to the Mosque attack in New Zealand

Godfrey Kasari, Diocesan Interfaith Advisor, offers a prayerful message in response to the Mosque attack in New Zealand:

"At this difficult and heartbreaking time for our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand, our prayers are with the bereaved, the injured and the people of the country.

"Violence is never an answer but kindness, prayer and reconciliation are. Jesus invites everyone to cross boundaries and make friends as He himself did. We might be made differently but at the core of being a human, we are all similar. We share our humanity with others. There is a oneness in our deepest being.

"We stand in solidarity with the victims of the unprecedented attack in the Mosque in New Zealand. We pray for comfort and peace for all affected.

"Our gratitude goes out to the police officers and well-wishers who are working hard to bring healing and peace at this most difficult time."

The Dean of Chichester Cathedral, The Very Revd Stephen Waine said: "Prayers have been offered during services today, and will be offered during our services at the weekend.

"Our prayers are with those who have had their lives taken from them, their loved ones and all who have been injured. We pray too for our Muslim sisters and brothers in Christchurch and throughout the world."

Churches across Sussex will, of course, be praying for all those caught up in the events in New Zealand at all services this weekend.