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Archbishop sends prayer after attack on church

Archbishop Colin Johnson has sent his prayers to the Bishop of Peshawar, the Rt. Rev. Humphrey Peters, after two suicide bombers killed around 80 people and injured 200 at a church in Pakistan yesterday. 

In an email to Bishop Peters, Archbishop Johnson wrote, “Dear Bishop, my prayers and those of the people of the Diocese of Toronto are being offered today for you and your people and all Christians in Peshawar in light of the horrific attacks at All Saints Church.  May the wounded be healed, the grieving find consolation and the dead be granted peace. May the peace of Christ triumph over the powers of hatred and violence. May you be granted courage, strength and hope as you provide faithful leadership to your people in this time of sorrow and crisis.”  

On the Diocese of Peshawar website, Bishop Peters condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to all the families who lost loved ones. He appealed for Christians in Pakistan and around the world to pray for the affected families.

In a Tweet, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby wrote, “Peshawar bomb reveals depths of human evil, yet those suffering speak of forgiveness as well as justice. That is the love of Jesus shown.”