World Council of Churches condemns Kabul attack

By agency reporter
June 1, 2017

In the wake of a large bomb attack that killed at least 80 people and injured 350 more in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday (31 May 2017), the World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, reached out with condolences and prayers to those who have lost loved ones due to senseless violence.

“I condemn this attack as a cruel act against innocent people. We stand with you in shock, in prayer, in sadness”, said Tveit, “and we appeal for peace during a time when so many are hit by this type of violence.”

According to media reports, a suicide bomb ripped through Kabul during Wednesday morning rush hour when the streets were packed with commuters, in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, a section of the city with embassies, banks, supermarkets and government buildings.The blast came a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“This attack comes at a holy time for many, during a month that people observe with fasting, prayers, and good deeds,” Tveit. “The need for unity, the need for peace grows more urgent every day. We must walk toward justice and peace together.”

Tveit called for prayers, continued faith, and conscious actions that lead to peace. “What if we counter every act of violence with correspondingly larger acts of unity and love?” he asked.

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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