Church leaders express shock and outrage following attacks in Mumbai

By staff writers
November 28, 2008

Church leaders from around the world have expressed their shock and outrage at the atrocities in Mumbai.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams wrote to the High Commissioner of India, Mr Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, yesterday expressing his sadness.

On behalf of the whole Anglican Communion he offered prayers for those who had lost loved ones, for the injured and for all those caring for them or dealing with the ongoing siege.

"People everywhere", he said, "stand in solidarity with the innocent and in condemnation of those who would destroy innocent lives out of evil and misguided motives".

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, also strongly condemned "such wanton acts of terrorism and violence targeting innocent human lives". He also expressed "sincere condolences and sympathy" to victims and families.

"We believe that there can be no justification whatsoever for such despicable acts of terrorism and indiscriminate violence," Kobia wrote to the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh in a letter yesterday.

Pope Benedict also called for an end to "all acts of terrorism" saying he was deeply concerned by the violence in India's financial capital.

"The Holy Father asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in these brutal attacks," the Pope said in a message to the archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

"His Holiness urgently appeals for an end to all acts of terrorism, which gravely offend the human family and severely destabilize the peace and solidarity needed to build a civilization worthy of mankind's noble vocation to love God and neighbour," he said.

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