Faith leaders promote unity in wake of bombings

The bombings in London have provided faith leaders the opportunity to promote a message of unity, not division, with the UK's religious leaders expressing the sentiment is a rare joint statement condemning Thursday's "evil terrorist" attacks.

Zenit reports that Leaders from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths each read out parts of the statement in a press conference.

"It is an evil that cannot be justified and that we utterly condemn and reject," said Zaki Badawi, of the Council of Mosques and Imams.

Meanwhile, the president of the US bishops' conference underlined the divisiveness of the attacks in a letter of condolence sent Thursday to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, president of the bishops' conference of England and Wales.

The attack "seeks to divide nation against nation" said Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane. He noted that the bombings came after London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, an event that symbolises "international solidarity and good will."

In London, at an interfaith memorial service at St. Pancras Parish Church, close to King's Cross where at least 21 people died, and the Tavistock Square bus bomb, Fr Paul Hawkins said: "This will only make us more determined to live in peace and respect each other."

At a service at St. Martin in the Fields, Anglican Bishop Richard Chartres of London said the presence of Christians, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs at the service was "a sign of our unity in mourning and our resolve not to be set against one another."

Faith Leaders Promote Unity in Wake of Bombings (Zenit 10/7/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Faith leaders' statement following London bombs (Independent Catholic News 11/7/05)

Local prayers said for London bomb victims (CathNews 11/7/05)
Pope hesitates to call London bombings 'anti-Christian' (CathNews 11/7/05)
Pope calls London bombings 'barbaric acts against humanity' (CathNews 8/7/05)

To terrorists: stop, in God's name (Vatican Information Service 11/7/05)
World Church unites in prayer for London terror victims (Aid to the Church in Need 8/7/05)
Religious leaders unite to defy terror (The Independent 11/7/05)
Terrorism as "anti-Christian"-- phrase triggers Vatican dispute (Catholic World News 11/7/05)
Terrorism is "despicable" abuse of religion, says Jerusalem's Christian leader (Catholic World News 11/7/05)
Faith leaders promote unity in wake of bombings (The Universe 11/7/05)

12 Jul 2005