Auckland Bishop's solidarity with local Muslims
Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland has written to Mr Javed Khan, president of New Zealand's Federation of Islamic Associations, after vandals smashed windows and doors, and sprayed graffiti on the city's mosques in the wake of last week's London bombs.
A statement from Catholic Communications quotes the bishop as saying that he deplores the acts of vandalism against Auckland's mosques during the weekend, remarking that it is difficult for Catholics, "as people of faith and peace like yourselves" to understand the motivation of anyone who thinks that anything will be achieved by such "mindless, vindictive violence".
The bishop went on to say, "We stand in solidarity with you and assure you and the Islamic community of Auckland that we are with you in thought and prayer."
Auckland's Catholic Bishop expresses solidarity with Islamic community (Catholic Communications New Zealand 12/7/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand | PM condemns attacks on mosques (10/7/05)
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13 Jul 2005