Peshawar massacre strengthens faith: Christian leader

At least 126 worshipers were killed and 166 injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in church. Father Mendes, however, made it clear that Pakistani Christians were not being persecuted.

Pakistan
Oct 15 2013, 11:15 AM
Peshawar massacre strengthens faith: Christian leader

Terrorist attacks in a church in Peshawar has resulted in people flocking to churches more often than before, Father Bonnie Mendes, a collaborator of the Commission for Caritas and the Justice and Peace Commission of the Pakistani Bishops, told Agenzia Fides.

At least 126 worshippers were killed and 166 injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Peshawar’s All Saint’s Church on September 23.

“There is a strong conviction that we should be closer to Christ, the way, the truth and the life,” Father Mendes said. “Christians have forgiven the murderers and the Pope's message was precious. Pope Francis recently called for strengthening the brotherhood with Muslims. This appeal concerns Christian Pakistanis a lot,” he said.

Father Mendes, however, made it clear that Pakistani Christians were not being persecuted: “As Christians we are not being targeted more today than in the past. Terrorism strikes the Shiites, the army, the Ahmadis, the police and moderate Muslim intellectuals. There is no persecution. Terrorism is a challenge for the whole country.”

Though “Pakistani Taliban does not want democracy, and want to impose Islamic law, Christians support the efforts of the government to talk with the group. Despite their recent attacks, every effort of dialogue is an act of courage for the good of the country to defuse terrorism and find internal harmony, the basis of economic and social welfare,” he said.

Source Agenzia Fides

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