Pakistan bomb victims are 'martyrs,' says Anglican head
Sept. 26, 2013
The victims of Sunday’s Peshawar church bombing should be regarded as martyrs, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said yesterday. The Anglican Church’s senior cleric said the attack, which killed at least 81 people and injured 150, was “appalling.” “I think it is true to say that in All Saints Peshawar we have seen more than 80 martyrs in the last few days,” he said in an interview on BBC radio. “They have been attacked because they were testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ by going to church.” The attack was “outside any acceptable expression in any circumstances for any reason of religious differences,” added Welby.
He said the Pakistani government had a duty to protect all its citizens, including Christians, and criticized the country’s blasphemy laws. “Their application varies from time to time,” he said. “But they have often been used in ways that seem to us to be unjust and targeting minorities and being used as an excuse to attack minorities. “And it’s in these sorts of areas that we call on the government and the security forces to ensure that all people are treated equally under the law,” the archbishop added.
Targeting of Christians was becoming widespread, he said, citing attacks in Syria and Egypt. He also asked for prayers for the victims – and the perpetrators – of the recent Nairobi shopping mall attack that left at least 72 dead and 175 wounded. “As Christians… we pray for justice, we’re deeply committed to justice … but we’re also called, as Jesus did on the Cross, to pray for those who are doing us harm,” he said.
Other international News
Cupich calls February abuse summit start of a 'worldwide reform'
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, named Friday by Pope Francis to the planning committee for Febr...
Nov. 24, 2018
Cardinal Bo replaces Cardinal Gracias as FABC president
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon archdiocese has been elected president of Federation of Asi...
Nov. 21, 2018
Pope Francis’ lunch with the poor
Pope Francis on Sunday joined about 1,500 poor people and a group of volunteers for l...
Nov. 19, 2018
Pope marks World War I centenary with peace message
The bells of St. Peter’s Basilica rang out in unison with thousands of other church bells...
Nov. 11, 2018
Pope: Love for God and neighbour two faces of same coin
During his Angelus address from St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis takes his cue from Sunday&r...
Nov. 4, 2018