Interfaith Prayers for the Victims of the Easter Day Bombing in Pakistan

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Interfaith Prayers for the Victims of the Easter Day Bombing in Pakistan
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On April 3, about 200 Christians, Muslims and Hindus lighted candles and joined in prayers for the victims of the Easter day bombing. It all took place at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, at the exact place and time of the bombing. The peaceful demonstration was led by Fr. Pascal Paulus, OP (Vice Provincial of the Vice Province of Pakistan and President of Major Superiors Leadership Conference Pakistan) and Bishop Samuel Azariah (Anglican Bishop of the Church of Pakistan). They expressed sadness and outrage at the attack which resulted in the deaths of at least 76 persons (mostly Christians) and more than 300 injured who are still receiving treatment in different hospitals.

At the beginning, the different religious leaders said prayers according to their faith. Later candles were lit by the Christian, Muslim and Hindu religious leaders including Fr. Pascal Paulus, OP, Fr. Marcus Daniel, OP, Fr. Rocus Patras, and Franciscan Friars namely; Fr. Victor and Fr. Jameel and Bishop Samuel Azariah, Bhagat Lal, Mulana Hafiz. They joined hands as they prayed for the victims, showing a united front in solidarity and sympathy for the victims of the attack and for their families. Petals of roses were also placed at different points in the Park in honour of the victims.

While addressing the media, Fr Pascal expressed the sadness and grief of the people and indeed, the whole nation. He stressed the urgent need for tolerance among all the religious groups and for the authorities to ensure the safety and security of all especially the religious minorities. He however appreciated and encouraged the spirit of service to humanity demonstrated by the first responders; doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, police and all segments of society by their noble serves to the victims of the tragedy.

Fr Pascal called for a united front among people of faith to fight against terrorism. The prayer service ended with an expression of symbolic strong bound of love and unity among the religious leaders in their resolve to fight against extremists in the country.

We continue to pray for the healing and full recovery of those who were injured in this violent act.

Bro. Emmanuel Fazal, OP

 

(22 April 2016)