Christian Church leaders in Galway have released a statement in response to last Monday’s attack on Masjid Maryam Mosque in Galway.
In the joint statement the Church leaders said:
“We unequivocally and without hesitation condemn the recent malicious, unprovoked attack on Masjid Maryam Mosque.
“Coming during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and during Mosque prayers makes such loutish, criminal behaviour particularly outrageous. Our city has always enjoyed excellent inter-faith relations. This attack serves to further our resolve, and the resolve of our faith communities, to work and pray to ensure that these relationships are further deepened.
“At this difficult time we together offer our full and wholehearted support to Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan, to the Ahmadiyyan Muslim Association of Ireland and to our Muslims brothers and sisters here in Galway and throughout Ireland.
“In an increasingly secular world, we look forward to further strengthening our bonds of cooperation, friendship, respect, prayer and peace.”
The signatories of the statement are:
Very Rev Canon Michael McLoughlin, Diocesan Administrator, representing the Catholic Church;
Archdeacon Gary Hastings, Rector of the Collegiate Church of Saint Nicholas, representing the Church of Ireland;
Rev Helen Freeburn, representing the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church; and
Richard Kimball, representing The Religious Society of Friends in Ireland.
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