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Following the terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Church in Wales’ International Group has issued the following statement and prayer:

In common with all people of faith and goodwill, we are horrified by the attacks on worshippers at Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  In the face of this kind of hatred, it is more important than ever that we reach out in friendship and solidarity to our neighbours.  We pray that God will be close to those most deeply affected, and give courage to all those who may now be fearful of showing their faith.

Prayer

God of compassion and peace, whose Son Jesus Christ wept at the untimely death of his friend:  we stand today in solidarity with our Muslim friends, shocked at the deadly attacks on worshippers at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Comfort all those injured, bereaved or traumatised; strengthen those who may now fear to show their faith; and turn the hearts of those filled with hate to a better way.  Teach us all how to build a world that reflects your Spirit of generosity and reconciliation; for we are all your children, and you call us to love one another as you have loved us.

Amen.