Tears flowed during a Mass for peace at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16th March, one day after terrorist attacked two mosques, leaving at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured.
“When a family member dies, we feel deep grief and loss,” said Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin. “Such grief is raw and real, and words are completely inadequate.
“Today is such a day,” he told the packed pro-cathedral. “We are unable to express the confusion and pain we feel. Our grief threatens to overwhelm our community at the tragic loss of our sisters and brothers and the act of hate that has been inflicted.
“We know, in solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers who gathered in the Christchurch mosques and around the world yesterday, that our only hope is in God. Our only hope is in God. Our only hope is in God,” he emphasised.
Across New Zealand and around the world, people gathered to pray for victims of the 15th March attacks. Accused shooter Brenton Tarrant appeared in Christchurch District Court on 16th March, charged with one count of murder. More charges are expected. He is to reappear in court on 5th April.
Picture: High school students embrace young Muslim women following an 18th March vigil for victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prayer services are being held across the country and abroad after two mosque attacks in Christchurch on 15th March that left at least 50 people dead and 20 seriously injured. (CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters).