Bishop calls for prayers for victims of attack on Church in Peshawar, Pakistan

23 September 2013

The Anglican Communion News Service carries a full report on the worldwide shock at the attack by suicide bombers who struck as people were leaving a church services on Sunday.

On the Peshawar Diocese website its Bishop, the Rt Revd Humphrey Peters, (pictured above) an Alliance board member, condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to all the families who lost loved ones. He appealed for Christians in Pakistan and around the world to pray for the affected families.

In a Tweet Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby wrote, “Peshawar bomb reveals depths of human evil, yet those suffering speak of forgiveness as well as justice. That is the love of Jesus shown.” 

He also wrote to the Moderator of the Church in Pakistan, offering assurance of his prayers and fullest support. He said, “I  am appalled to learn of the attack on All Saints’ Church in Peshawar as people had gathered there to pray. My heart goes out to all those bereaved and injured by this terrible attack.  I pray for the peace of Pakistan and the protection of Christ’s people.  With the people of Peshawar I join in calling for the Pakistan Government and all people of good will to ensure that communities may go about their daily lives in safety, and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts-Schori released a statement saying, “This act of violence is a reminder of the preciousness and fragility of life, and of our interconnectedness. We are all wounded, we have all lost family, friends, and fellow citizens of the world. We will continue to pray for the bereaved, for the injured, for the perpetrators, for their communities, and for this broken world.”

Diocese of South Western Brazil’s Bishop Francisco Silva prayed “that God would console the bereaved and strengthen the faith of those brothers and sisters who suffer the consequences of religious intolerance.”

Peshawar Diocese has been notable for its work in supporting people of all communities affected by local floods and earthquakes, and in providing development services for everyone in difficult and challenging circumstances, with church members sometimes risking their own safety to help and support others.