Govt must address sectarian violence: Archbishop Coutts

The prelates asked the faithful "to keep calm and not to give in to the temptation of violent reactions". Karachi, capital of Sindh Province, remains tense.

Pakistan
Sep 26 2013, 5:28 PM
Govt must address sectarian violence: Archbishop Coutts

Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi and the Anglican Bishop Sadiq Daniel expressed sorrow over "one of the most serious and fatal attacks in the history of the Pakistani church," at a meeting held in the Trinity Church in Karachi on Tuesday.

The prelates asked the faithful "to keep calm and not to give in to the temptation of violent reactions". Karachi, capital of Sindh Province, remains tense. A Christian protest rally against the Peshawar bomb attack turned into a riot in front of a mosque, in which a Muslim was killed.

Over 80 people were killed and 150 injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar on Sunday.

Christians are a peaceful community and contribute to education and health care in Pakistan, Bishop Daniel said. He expressed his gratitude for the solidarity shown byleaders of Muslims, Hindus and Sikh communities and political parties, Jamat Islami, Pakistan Peoples Party and Muthaida Quami Movement.

"The government has to seriously address the growing religious and sectarian violence that has reached alarming proportions, as evidenced by the incident in the Church of Peshawar," said Archbishop Coutts, President of the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan.

Archbishop Coutts said, "Killing innocent people in a moment of prayer is a shameful act of cowardice. We ask the government to take immediate steps to arrest those responsible for this attack and to protect places of worship of all religious minorities in the country."

Source: Agenzia Fides

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