Statement on Christchurch shootings

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has expressed his shock at the horrific shootings at two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15th March.

He has asked that prayers be said at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on Sunday 17th March, Feast of Saint Patrick, in remembrance of those who died and were injured in the attacks.

The Archbishop has also expressed his concern about anti-Islamic sentiments being expressed in social media in Ireland and even in publications purporting to be of Catholic inspiration.

A short service of silence and reflection will be held in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral before the 11.00 Solemn Mass for the Feast of Saint Patrick to remember the victims and to renew the rejection of all forms of religious and racial intolerance by Christian believers.

The service will take place between 10.30am and 10.50 am on Sunday  and books of condolence will be open.

The Archbishop invites people who will be in Dublin city on Sunday to join in the service. ENDS