New Zealand terror attack

  • Faith and community leaders express solidarity with victims of the New Zealand mosque terror attacks in which 49 people died
  • Bishop Peter Carrell on behalf of the leaders of churches in Christchurch city and Canterbury province
  • Church leaders are absolutely devastated at the unprecedented situation in Christchurch this afternoon and our hearts and prayers go to all involved. No religious organisation or group deserves to be the target of someone’s hate – regardless of beliefs. We stand for an Aotearoa New Zealand which will never condone such violence. So across the churches of Christchurch and Canterbury, we are praying for our Muslim brothers and sisters, for those injured and those who have lost loved ones, for the police, ambulance and other emergency services, and for all in the city of Christchurch who are feeling distress and fear due to this event.  We are upholding you all in our prayers. We pray too for the shooter and their supporters, because for any person to do this, they must have such hatred in their hearts, such misalignment of the value of human life, that they too, need our prayer. We thank many others from around our nation and the world who are praying for peace in Christchurch.
  • The Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain Harun Khan, who gathered with other faith leaders at East London Mosque, to remember the victims of the New Zealand attacks‘We wanted to express our solidarity and companionship with all the people who are suffering – the families, the victims –  from this heinous act of violence against minority communities. We hope that as a society in Britain, we can learn from this experience – that hatred and Islamophobia that continues to grow in our societies – this is what it can lead to if it’s not challenged. So we really call on our government and the authorities to act swiftly, to work with communities and mosques to make our places of worship safe so that we can live together as society.’
  • The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullaly, who was with faith leaders at the East London Mosque gathering‘To be killed while praying or on the way to worship is the epitome of evil and it is right that we stand alongside with people of good will and good faith to condemn that action’
  • Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis There can be few acts of greater evil than the massacre of peaceful people at prayer. The attacks in New Zealand were terrorism of the most despicable kind, callously planned & motivated by the scourge of islamophobia. The victims & their families are in our hearts & our prayers.