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Church voices solidarity with Britain after attack

Church voices solidarity with Britain after attack

Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People. ANALYN PERUCHO

MANILA— The Philippine Catholic Church joined world leaders in condemning the terrorist attack at the heart of London and have expressed solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy.

Caritas Philippines, the Church’s development, advocacy and humanitarian arm, deplored the attack at Westminster on March 22 in which four people, including the assailant, were killed.

“While we hope that justice be served, we also pray that peace reign in our hearts and in the world,” it said.

The attack outside the Parliament building also left 30 others injured.

No Filipino was injured or killed in the attack, according to the Philippines’ foreign affairs department.

“We pray for peace, grateful to God no Filipino casualty, and eternal rest to the victims,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the Church’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.

The prelate also reminded Filipinos there to be vigilant and closely monitor the situation “and reject anything and anyone harboring false and violent ideologies”.

“We beg our God for change of hearts, contrition and conversion for those nursing hatred and destruction,” Santos said.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis also voiced his grief and offered his prayers for the victims and their families.

The Pope “was deeply saddened” to learn of the loss of life and the injuries caused by the attack.