12 September 2001

Joint Statement by Religious Leaders

"We and all people of good faith and goodwill-whatever their religious, ethnic or racial background-are appalled by these terrible attacks on American cities. Such evil deeds have no place in the world we seek to build and share.

Our hearts go out to the people of America and all those who grieve and mourn. We pray for them and with them. We remember the dead, the bereaved, the injured, and the missing, and all those working to save life.

As Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders, we believe that it is vital amid so much anguish and suffering to nourish all that we hold in common and to resist all that would drive us apart.

We share a belief in God's compassionate love and a commitment to cherish and respect our common humanity.

We pray that at this time of tragedy, we may be worthy of that gift and that challenge."

ENDS

This joint statement has been issued by:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey 
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster 
The Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks 
Dr Zaki Badawi, Principal of the Muslim College, and Chairman of the Imams and Mosque Council of the United Kingdom

And endorsed by:

Rev Anthony Burnham, the Free Churches Moderator 
Rev Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance 
Rev Christina Le Moignan, President of the Methodist Conference

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