Prayers and Condolences for NZ from Around the World
Including Many from our International Marist Family too numerous to add;
You can see some of the condolence messages and calls to prayer and solidarity here:
A Message to New Zealand from Pope Francis
His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.
Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.
Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation. Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
Message from Bishop Paul Martin SM, 15-03-2019
We are horrified at the violence that has been inflicted on people of our city this afternoon. Words cannot convey our distress. Our prayers are with those who are suffering. I invite you now, wherever you are, alone or with family, workmates or friends, to pray together in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace:
where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master,
grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
âś Paul Martin, Bishop of Christchurch
New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference
15 March at 17:34
Dear Members of the Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand,
We hold you in prayer as we hear the terrible news of violence against Muslims at mosques in Christchurch. We are profoundly aware of the positive relationships we have with Islamic people in this land, and we are particularly horrified that this has happened at a place and time of prayer. We are deeply saddened that people have been killed and injured, and our hearts go out to them, their families and wider community. We wish you to be aware of our solidarity with you in the face of such violence.
âś Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland
âś Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North
âś John Dew, Cardinal Archbishop of Wellington
âś Paul Martin, Bishop of Christchurch
âś Steve Lowe, Bishop of Hamilton
âś Michael Dooley, Bishop of Dunedin
Message from Bishop Lowe of Hamilton 15 March at 20:20 Â·
The tragic attacks from Christchurch have shocked the nation.
Our thoughts are prayers are with those who were injured and killed, for their families and for Muslim community in Christchurch.
A sad reallity of many of the Muslim community in New Zealand is that came here escaping violence and war.
Now that violence and wanton disregard of human life has followed them here.
In this time of tragedy we turn to the love and mercy of the one God we hold in common.
We pray eternal peace upon those who have died
We pray for the consolation of God's peace on their families.
We pray healing for those wounded.
We pray for conversion of heart on those who harbour racial hate in their hearts and minds
We pray for peace for our nation and peace in our world...
âś Steve Lowe
Bishop of Hamilton
Lay Marist Auckland
We pray for the community of Christchurch and the Muslim Community of our small beautiful country, we ask that the souls of the departed rest in Peace. May the wounded in body, mind, and soul, be given comfort. We pray for all responding in help. Hail Mary...Glory be to the Father...
Cardinal John Dew
Dear Fathers, Lay Pastoral leaders, parishioners and Archdiocesan Staff.
With the terribly sad news that there has been shootings at Christchurch mosques this afternoon, with people being killed and many injured the following message is being sent to the Muslim community by our Bishops Conference Interfaith Committee.
Please keep the Muslim community in prayer over this weekend and pray especially for those who have been killed and others who have been injured.
With every blessing
âś John A Dew
Archbishop of Wellington
ACTS of LOVE Overpowering Hate
After a Mass and Vigil in Hamilton Cathedral, Bishop Steve Lowe wrote:
We received a copy of this lovely text from one of the Muslim community who was at the Mass last night that was sent to one of our parishioners...
"People in your Church have a heart of gold. The way we were welcomed and cared for filled our hearts with love and gratitude. We entered your blessed place with a very heavy heart and left with peace and happiness. You felt our pain, cried with us, comforted us and enlightened our evening. Please convey our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone. May your place of worship be blessed âť¤ď¸Źâť¤ď¸Źâť¤ď¸Ź"
Monday, March 18th, 2019
Calling the cityâ€™s grief â€śraw and real,â€ť New Zealand Bishop Paul Martin of Christchurch called on people to overcome hate with love after Fridayâ€™s attack on two mosques in the city left 50 people dead.
â€śWe are unable to express the confusion and pain we feel.
â€śOur grief threatens to overwhelm our community at the tragic loss of our sisters and brothers and the act of hate that has been inflicted,â€ť Martin said at a memorial Mass on Saturday.
â€śWe know that our loving God has not caused this pain, but the freedom God gives us as a mark of his great love has been tragically misused and abused,â€ť the bishop said.
â€śWe gather here this morning because we are at a loss about what to do or what to say. I know that many of you have already reached out to members of the Muslim community in your neighbourhoods and workplaces. Your acts of love are already overpowering the hate,â€ť he said.
Christian Community Stands Together Offering Friendship and Support.
An ecumenical grouping of churches comprising Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Salvation Army, Catholic and independent churches, the Christchurch Inner-City Christian Ministersâ€™ Association, wrote to the cityâ€™s Muslim community saying:
â€śIn the face of todayâ€™s horrific shooting, the combined inner-city Christian ministers and their congregations wish to extend our love to the wider Muslim Community of Christchurch and assure them of our friendship and support at this time of great loss.
â€śBe assured of our continuing prayers as our joint city community and people struggle to understand what has happened in the wake of this unconscionable act.
â€śAs members of two faith traditions, born out of a shared Abrahamic inheritance, we stand in solidarity with you, looking and crying to God, the source of all.â€ť