"The Bishop of Peshawar has said that Pakistanis are living 'under the terrible grip of terrorism' and urged world-wide prayer for his country after a string of terror attacks -- the latest leaving 19 people dead and 17 injured. The gun attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda in mid January  was the latest in a string of attacks to hit the country over the past 12 months. The Bishop of Peshawar, the Rt. Rev. Humphrey Peters, said that the attack in Charsadda -- part of the diocese of Peshawar -- had left him not knowing what to say 'except to pray and ask people to pray for us. We are under the terrible grip of terrorism .. We are very disturbed about it', he told an interviewer on Premier Radio. Despite this more than 200 people from Pakistan's different faith communities were brought together by the Diocese of Raiwind's peacebuilding department a few weeks earlier to mark three significant religious festivals as part of efforts to promote understanding, respect, and to build relationships between people of different faiths". [Text of entire article.]
"The events of September 11  have spoken to me of the importance of refusing to make God narrow -- that our vision of God must be a generous one, and that we must help other people, both Christian and non-Christian, to hold such a vision as well. Perhaps we as members of the Anglican Communion, which often sees itself as having a `bridge' role, have a particularly important part to play here. I believe in the months and years to come that NIFCON will play an increasingly important role in helping to coordinate the activities of our Communion in this area -- sharing experiences, supporting churches that are struggling and perhaps suffering persecution, and reaching out in humility to listen to our neighbours of other faiths".
Photo with caption. "Mourning the dead and injured, people of the wider Pakistani community gather in Southwark Cathedral, London, for a memorial tribute to those killed in the church massacre in Pakistan".
Photo with caption. "Remembering the Dead and Praying for the Living. Worshippers filled the nave of Southwark Cathedral, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for a service in memory of the Church of Pakistan church members killed while at worship. A young boy lights a candle as a name is read aloud. The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester preached and Bishop Mano Rumalshah presided".
"While nothing justifies the awful events of 11 September , the Western world must wake up to the fact that terrorism feeds on such realities as the gross and obscene inequalities between West and East; the deep despair at the heart of refugees in so many parts of the world, including Palestine; the alarming ignorance and lack of opportunities for those millions of children who have no future to look forward to. I thank God for our Communion which is present in so many parts of the world where issues of life and death are enacted daily".