In a statement issued this morning, 15 March 2019, Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, said: “I am deeply saddened at this morning’s news of a savage attack on two Muslim communities at prayer in New Zealand.”

He continued: “Responsibility for these attacks clearly rests with some violent individuals. At another level, however, there are serious questions to be answered, including in our own society, by those who unjustly blame the entire Muslim community for the extremism of some.”

Bishop Doran concluded: “It is just as unacceptable to speak and write in racist or sectarian terms against Muslims as it is to speak and write in similar terms about Christians.”

The Bishop of Elphin asked for prayers at Mass this weekend for the victims of the attacks in New Zealand.

See full statement here.

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