The terrorist attacks against Muslims performing Friday Prayers at two mosques in Christchurch on 15th March have overwhelmed us all. We pray for the deceased, the injured and all those traumatized by this senseless violence. Click here to see my letter of solidarity with Muslims in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and around the world.
Appropriately, this edition of Bridges deals with peace and human solidarity.
- The Editorial highlights building relations between believers (p. 1)
- Pope Francis’ historic visit to the UAE and co-signing with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together (pp. 6-7)
- How Christians can save Muslim lives simply by talking to each other (p. 8)
- A bishop builds relations with Muslims by neighbourliness and hospitality (p. 9)
- Interfaith dialogue must be inclusive of the diversity within traditions (p. 10)
There are the familiar pages: Centre News (pp. 2-3), World News (pp. 4-5) and Coming Events (p. 11).
Click here to download the Bridges #82, March 2019
“In these troubled times, when evil forces seek to divide us on the basis of race, colour, ethnicity or religion, may Muslims, Christians, people of all faiths, and all people of good will remain united in heart and mind and resolve. May faith bind us in human solidarity, hope drive out fear, and love overcome hatred.”
السلام عليكم - as-salāmu alay-kum - Pax vobiscum - Peace be with you.
I wish our Muslim readers peace and consolation after the terrorist attacks in Christchurch. May you experience God’s closeness and comfort in a special way in the coming month of Ramadan.
I wish our readers of all faiths and beliefs who are traumatised by this violent assault on our common humanity courage and healing.
I wish our Christian readers a happy and a holy Easter.
Rev Dr Patrick McInerney
Director, Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations
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