Cardinal Oswald Gracias condemns Pakistan school killings
The Catholic Church in Pakistan has condemned as barbaric and inhuman the attack on a school in Peshawar on Tuesday that killed at least 130 people, most of them children. “This is a barbaric, inhuman and cowardly act,” Cecil Chaudhry, Executive Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said. “It is beyond imagination how innocent children of army personnel could be targeted like this.”
Reports from the Pakistan army said that seven Taliban gunmen, all wearing bomb vests, carried out the attack. The attackers went from classroom to classroom at Army Public School, which teaches children from both military and civilian backgrounds, shooting pupils and teachers. All the gunmen where later killed, though it is unclear if they blew themselves up or were killed by Army Commandos. The Pakistani Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks, claiming it as retaliation for army operations in areas along the border with Afghanistan.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias
The church in Indian joined its neighbour in condemning the attack. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay who is a member of Pope’s eight-member advisory council condemned the above said Taliban attack. “My soul is overwhelmed by deep sorrow and great distress for the horrible massacre of innocent children in the school in Peshawar,” Cardinal he said. “The loss of young and precious lives in neighbouring Pakistan is a source of grief and mourning also for my country, India.”
The prelate said Christians in India, especially school children, would dedicate Wednesday to pray for peace. “We pray to the Prince of Peace who alone can bring true peace to the world.”
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