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Christians and Muslims support victims of Pakistan attack

The Imam Khoei Islamic Centre in Queens Park, London (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday 26th September 2013

Christians and Muslims have come together to support the victims of Sunday’s attack at All Saints Church, Peshawar, in Pakistan, which the Archbishop of Canterbury described as “absolutely appalling” and “outside any acceptable expression, in any circumstances for any reason, of religious difference”.

Christian and Muslim leaders will attend an interfaith gathering at the Imam Khoei Islamic Centre in London, from 5pm to 7pm today, to call for people of faith to express solidarity with the victims of the attacks in Peshawar, as well as other recent attacks in places such as Nairobi and Iraq. Speakers at the gathering include the Archbishop’s Secretary for Inter-Religious Relations, the Revd Dr Toby Howarth, and the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Richard Cheetham.

A prayer vigil will take place at 3pm on Saturday at St Edmund’s Grace Community Church in Manchester. A prayer service for the people of Peshawar will be held at St Peter’s Huddersfield on Sunday.

The Bishop of Pontefract, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, who chairs the Archbishop’s Pakistan Focus Group, said that the Diocese of Wakefield had sent £2000 of emergency money to help provide much-needed medical supplies in the hospitals where the injured are being treated. The diocese of Wakefield had a launched an emergency appeal in partnership with Muslim Hands, an emergency aid charity, to raise funds to help the families of those who were killed and injured in the attacks. “Many of them will be struggling financially,” he said.

To make a donation to the Peshawar hospital appeal, visit the Wakefield diocese website.

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