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A message of prayer and solidarity from Bishop Stephen following the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand
Posted on Friday 15 March 2019
As Bishop of Ely, I stand with those who mourn for the women and men killed in the terrible attack at two mosques today in Christchurch, New Zealand. I invite the people of this diocese to join in the invitation of the Archbishops of New Zealand/Aotearoa to “uphold all those affected in prayer, and to respond to this act by rejecting the rhetoric of hatred and religious intolerance, and to show compassion and kindness to all our neighbours.”
The religious diversity of the Diocese of Ely, particularly of Cambridge and south Peterborough, contibutes significantly to the rich tapestry of our common life, and neither violence nor fear-mongering at home or abroad will change the right to freedom of worship and religious life in Britain. With an Anglican presence in every community in our nation, the Church has a particular duty of care to protect and celebrate religious life in our cities, towns and villages and to love our neighbour without exception.