Messages of support in the wake of Christchurch shootings

Published on 20th Mar, 2019

The events of 15 March have been labelled as “New Zealand’s darkest day.”

The entire country has been affected by the senseless act of  violence that claimed the lives of 50 people.

Despite the terror of that day, and the fear that NZ will never be the same again, the nation has come together to show solidarity and support for its Muslim community.

“One ‘positive’ from such tragedy is that it weaves the goodness of the human spirit closer together, at least for a while,” said Bishop Charles Drennan, the day after the shootings. “From the Church world, I’ve received messages of concern and support from Ireland, England, Latvia, Brazil, Panama, Italy, the Vatican and Australia.”

Services have been held across the country in remembrance of those who lost their lives. More than 400 people representing 10 different faith groups gathered in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Sunday evening to pray for peace and unity in our world.


Documents and letters of support can be found below:

Condolences from Pope Francis

Message to the Muslim community in Aotearoa from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops

Letter from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations

Statement by the National Church Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand

Statement from the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania


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