Local prayers said for London bomb victims

Church leaders across Australia have been urging people to send their thoughts and prayers to the victims of the bomb attacks on London's centre.

Among many other leaders expressing similar sentiments, the Catholic Bishop of Armidale, Luc Mattys, says it is a shocking and mind-boggling attack.

"Of course our sympathy goes with people who are affected by this, particularly those who have died and their families," he said, in a statement quoted by ABC Radio News. "I would certainly encourage all people to pray...[we] offer our sympathy to these people and our support, whatever that can be done from so far away."

In Melbourne, ABC TV news reported prayers led by Archbishop Denis Hart's during a special mass celebrated yesterday in St Patrick's Cathedral (pictured).

Meanwhile, Caritas Australia director Jack de Groot issued a statement offering condolences to and prayers for those who were injured and the families and loved ones of those killed in the bomb blasts in London on Thursday.

Mr Jack Groot was speaking in his capacity as chair of the Make Poverty History coalition.

He agreed with the sentiments expressed by British Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair when he said that it was particularly barbaric that this terrorist attack should occur on the day when the world's leaders were meeting to address problems of poverty in Africa and long term problems facing the environment.

Mr Blair had said that he had no doubt that the bombings were designed to coincide with the opening of the G8 summit at Gleneagles in Scotland.

"The Make Poverty History coalition emphatically condemns not only those actions aimed to thwart discussions designed to end the suffering of millions but unreservedly condemns any act that involves even the smallest threat to human life," Mr de Groot said.

Local prayers said for London bomb victims (ABC News 8/7/05)
Make Poverty History - Condolences offered to London (Caritas Australia/Make Poverty History 8/7/05)

Pope calls London bombings 'barbaric acts against humanity' (CathNews 8/7/05)

London should not bow to the terrorism hiding away in our homes (AsiaNews.it 8/7/05)
In Beirut Christians and Muslims condemn the London attacks (AsiaNews.it 8/7/05)
Pakistani Muslims fear retaliations after the London bombings (AsiaNews.it 8/7/05)
Horror and condemnation in Asia after London bombings (AsiaNews.it 8/7/05)
Pakistan: Unanimous and inter-religious condemnation for the London attack (AsiaNews.it 9/7/05)
Pope: "Terrorists, stop in the name of God!" (AsiaNews.it 10/7/05)
"Globalising Solidarity" so terrorism does not have the last word (Caritas Internationalis 8/7/05)
U.S. bishops, government leaders react to London bombings (Catholic News Service 8/7/05)
London Catholic schoolchildren evacuated to make way for injured (Catholic News Service 8/7/05)
Chaplain who helped after London blasts tells of victims in shock (Catholic News Service 8/7/05)
British cardinal condemns 'false' religion professed by terrorists (Catholic News Service 8/7/05)
USCCB President expresses "support and concern" over London bombings (Catholic News Agency 8/7/05)
Vatican officials denounce London bombings (Catholic World News 8/7/05)
Prayers for terror victims (Herald-Sun 11/7/05)
Pax Christi statement on London bombings (Independent Catholic News 8/7/05)
Westminster: Cardinal's homily after London bombings (Independent Catholic News 11/7/05)
Pope's condolence telegram causes flap (National Catholic Reporter 9/7/05)
John L Allen: Bombing in London (National Catholic Reporter 8/7/05)
Prayers continue across Britain (Agence France-Presse/The Australian 10/7/05)
Pope Condemns "Barbaric Attacks" in London (Zenit 7/7/05)
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor "Horrified" by Bombings (Zenit 7/7/05)
Papal Message of Condolence for London Attacks (Zenit 7/7/05)
Pope Condemns Murder of Egyptian Diplomat (Zenit 8/7/05)
Cardinal Sodano Calls for New Era Without Hatred (Zenit 8/7/05)
London's Muslims Join in Condemning Bombings (Zenit 8/7/05)
Condolences From Europe's Bishops for London Bombings (Zenit 8/7/05)

11 Jul 2005