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Church leaders ‘shocked and saddened' by Moscow attack

by Kelly Valencia

The Archbishop of Canterbury has taken to social media to share his “shock” and “sadness” at the attack in Moscow, which has left at least 133 people dead and 140 injured.

In a post on X, Most Rev Justin Welby said he is praying for the “families of those who have lost loved ones” and “those who seek to bring comfort, healing and hope to those in need”.

The Islamic State Group claimed responsibility for the attack at Crocus City Hall on Friday, with the US saying the claim is credible.

Vladimir Putin has called the attack “a barbaric terrorist act” and has announced 24th March as a national day of mourning. All four gunmen who carried out the attack have been arrested.

Russia’s Catholic bishop, Paolo Pezzi, who heads the Moscow-based Mother of God Archdiocese, also condemned the attack and urged Russians to "exercise due care and discretion" for their "personal and public safety”.

"Our hearts are filled with horror and pain. But we … (should) not forget our lives are in God's hands.

"Trusting in him, I ask you to pray for the salvation of all whose lives are still in danger, peace for the dead, help and healing for the injured, and courage and patience for all called to help them."

 

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