ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Archbishop of Lahore: "For the wounded: peace be with you"

Thursday, 31 March 2016 persecutions   peace   terrorism   violence  

Arcidiocesi di Lahore

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "In this moment of deep sorrow and grief, in a traumatic situation, we can only make ours the preaching of Jesus after the Resurrection and console the wounded and the survivors with his words: Peace be with you". This is how Archbishop Sebastian Shaw describes his days to Agenzia Fides, visiting people injured in the massacre of Lahore, which occurred on Easter Sunday, where 73 people were killed and over 300 injured in an attack in Gulshan Iqbal park.
The Archbishop told Fides how grief-stricken he was: "We celebrated the funeral of 20 victims on Monday, March 28. Now I visit the wounded in Sheikh Zaid Hospital and Jinnah Hospital, where they are being treated. Our sisters and our volunteers are taking care of Christians and Muslims. It is very, very difficult to console them. There are no words to console a mother whose 4 and 6 year old children are seriously injured, while her husband and another son were killed. An authentic tragedy. Hope can only come from God".
"Another mother - continues Mgr. Shaw - lost her two sons and her husband. She had come to Lahore from Sindh province, for Easter. She lost her entire family: she will go back home alone. Her life is no longer the same. How can you comfort her?". "The only possible words are those of Jesus: Peace be with you".
The Archbishop will continue to visit the injured and to pray. He concludes with an appeal sent to Fides: "We need prayers so that we can continue the mission entrusted to us by the Risen Lord Jesus: to restore peace and hope to the wounded and desperate people". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 31/03/2016)