Special prayers have been offered for the victims of the Quetta explosion in churches across the country. On August 8, Monday a suicide bomber struck Civil Hospital’s Emergency department killing more than 70 people, while in access of 140 people were injured. In consequences to the carnage, the Catholic Church in the country expressed deep sorrow over the incident, terming it an “inhuman act.”
In a statement released by the National Commission for Justice and Peace, which is part of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Pakistan, it was stated that the attack was “tragic.” “Killing innocent people is [an] inhuman act and totally unacceptable,” the statement said.
Prayers have been offered in several churches across the nation while on the other hand, international churches have also condemned the attack while offering prayers for the victims. In this regard, Peter Prove- International affairs director of the World Council of Churches, offered earnest prayers and commiserations to the families of the victims.
“Deliberately attacking people gathered at a hospital to grieve for Mr Kasi underscores the inhumanity and moral bankruptcy of those who planned and perpetrated it. This atrocity, as so many before it, demands denunciation by all people of faith, good will and simple decency, and prayers and support for the families and communities affected, and for the people and nation of Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, the Church of England also offered a prayer which said:
Compassionate God and Father of all, we are horrified at violence in so many parts of the world. It seems that none are safe and some are terrified. Hold back the hands that kill and maim, turn around the hearts that hate. Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace, peace that passes our understanding but changes lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord- Amen.