Living Catholic e-News April 2019
Interfaith prayer service for mosque victims
An interfaith service was held in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on Sunday March 24 to pay tribute to the victims of the Christchurch shooting and pray for religious harmony.
Over 400 gathered to pray for the 50 people killed and many others injured in the shootings at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre on Friday March 15.
Among those who spoke at the ceremony were Imam Rijad Jazvin from the Bosnian Herzegovinian Muslim Community, Giani Sukhdev Singh from the Guru Nanak Society of Australia, Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky from the Beit Shalom Synagogue, Mahboobeh Aryanpad from the Baha’i community and Dr Dilip Chirmuley from the Adelaide Hindu community.
In welcoming the guests, Apostolic Administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese and Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, said the Catholic communities of South Australia wanted to express to their Muslim brothers and sisters “our own feelings of distress and horror at the murder of the Muslim people in the Christchurch mosques”.
“May the love of God ease the pain and trauma of the loss of loved ones in that community. We offer our prayers to intercede for them. We express our heartfelt sympathy to our Muslim brothers and sisters, and we are aghast that people of faith are targeted in such a way and with such terrible motives.
“Please accept our heartfelt sympathy, and our expressions of distress that such good people seeking to live a life of peace and justice suffered such an atrocity at evil hands. May God grant us all the grace of healing.”
(Photo credit Ben Macmahon).
See April e-newsletter here.