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Pakistani massacre of Christians in bomb outrage leads to joint campaign
The massacre of dozens of Pakistani Christians in the church bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan, prompted faith leaders in Bradford to join together in a campaign of fundraising and prayer.
They met on Monday, the day after the attack, at the invitation of the president of the Bradford Council for Mosques.
A joint statement was issued by Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, president of the Council for Mosques, Bradford’s Bishop the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Monsignor John Wilson, a senior priest on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds, and the Rev Dr Roger L Walton, chairman of the West Yorkshire Methodist District.
It read: “Unfortunately attacks on places of worship of both Muslims and Christians alike are becoming more frequent. In recognition of this, Christian and Muslim leaders are encouraging all to join in prayer and supporting a joint appeal through mosques and churches across the city to raise funds to support the victims of this most recent atrocity.
“We invite faith leaders of mosques and churches to support this worthwhile initiative through prayers and by raising funds for the appeal.”
Tomorrow evening a silent prayer vigil at Bradford Cathedral will be held for the Peshawar victims.
The Dean of Bradford, the Very Rev Jerry Lepine, said: “The bomb attack killed at least 80 people and is said to be the biggest attack on Pakistan’s Christian community in many years. We know that some in Bradford have connections with the Christian community in Peshawar.”
Tomorrow’s Bradford Cathedral prayer vigil takes place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Any donations should send it to Bradford DBF Pakistan, Kadugli House, Elmsley Street, Steeton BD20 6SE.