Archbishop Carroll extends prayers, sympathy to Bali victims

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Francis Carroll yesterday extended his prayers and sympathy to those affected by the weekend's Bali bombings.

CLICK HEREArchbishop Carroll said he shared in the nation's outpouring of distress that once again, terrorism had struck on Australia's doorstep with devastating consequences.

"I offer my prayerful solidarity to all those affected by this act of terrorism," he said. "For families and communities which are grieving, I pray that they will find strength and comfort at this time."

Archbishop Carroll said that in the face of such acts of violence we are called ever more urgently to commit ourselves to building peace in our hearts and in the world.

"Terrorist bombings, war in Iraq, conflict in Afghanistan, the Middle East and other areas, hunger and disease, are sobering reminders of the suffering in the world," he said.

"I know that all Catholics will join with me in praying for those who are suffering and grieving as a result of the bombings in Bali.

"At times like this, we also remember all those who have been touched previously and who continue to be ravaged by terrorism, war and conflict."

Meanwhile the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will hold a gathering for prayer and reflection at the Sacred Heart Cathedral tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm.

Teresa Brierley, Vice Chancellor for Pastoral Ministries in the Diocese, said: "As the Newcastle and Hunter communities continue to grapple with the trauma of last weekend's bombings, we are realising just how widespread the connections within our community are. School, work, social and faith communities are facing the distressing facts that some of their own have been lost, injured or traumatised by these devastating events.

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will provide counselling and support services to affected individuals, parishes and schools through its agencies, Centacare Newcastle and the Catholic Schools Office. Media will be notified as soon as a number is established.

Archbishop Carroll extends prayers, sympathy to those hit by Bali terrorism (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 3/10/05)
Diocese provides counselling support to those affected by Bali bombings (Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 4/10/05)
Prayers of support and solidarity for victims of Bali bombings (Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 4/10/05)

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Diocese mourning Bali bomb victims (CathNews 4/10/05)
Melbourne archbishop says don"t let Bali anguish breed hate (CathNews 13/10/03)
Bali anniversary focus on anti-terrorism education (CathNews 10/10/03)
Australians honour Bali bomb victims (CathNews 21/10/02)

5 Oct 2005