Melbourne Archbishop in joint terrorism condemnation

Standing in solidarity with a rabbi and a sheik under the Flinders Street Station clocks on Friday, Melbourne's Archbishop Denis Hart has condemned all terrorist acts, especially the recent London bomb attacks.

"Our prayers and thoughts go out to those who have died, the injured and the families affected," he said in a statement issued on Thursday and signed on Friday by Archbishop Hart, Rabbi Meir Kluwgant and Sheik Fehmi Naji. "We join gladly Christians of all denominations, people of other faiths, and all men and women of goodwill in opposing all forms of terrorism, and hatred."

He said: "At the core of our common humanity is our shared belief in the importance of peace making in all forms. This is our common quest as we walk together in our fragile world in these first years of a new millennium of hope."

Archbishop Hart said Jews, Muslims and Christians were increasingly coming together and all groups were richer for it.

"We believe in the one God and we must stand together against the horror of terrorism," he said.

Rabbi Kluwgant, president of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria, said: "It's very appropriate to be here in the train station in light of the events that took place in England,"

"We will pray very hard that it doesn't happen here because at the end of the day we have very little control," he told the Herald-Sun. These are times when people do turn to religion."

Sheik Fehmi Naji, the general secretary of the Victorian Board of Imams, said it was an important symbolic event.

"We have to work together as much as we can to stop any extremist action. We are extending our hand to our Christian and Jewish brothers," he said.

The sheik said he was not aware of any extremist Islamist cells in Victoria that might copy the terrorist attacks made in the US and Britain.

The trio offered condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of those affected by terrorism around the world.

Statement of Archbishop Denis Hart Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne (Archdiocese of Melbourne 14/7/05)
Religious chiefs make a stand (Herald-Sun 16/7/05)

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18 Jul 2005