Philippine Catholic Church officials offered prayers for victims of a suicide attack in the city of Lahore in Pakistan where at least 65 people were killed and over 300 others were injured on Easter Sunday, according to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
Tagle, who heads Caritas Internationalis, said the faithful should not lose hope and take inspiration from the Risen Christ.
“A lot of those who died were children because the incident happened in the park and a lot were injured. This is a reminder that even if we Christians are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, evil continues with the blind and fanatical violation of the lives and rights of people,” Tagle said in Filipino on Church-run Radyo Veritas, after the attack at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.
“But let us not lose hope, let us believe that there is a deeper faith that Jesus resurrected, that he has won and that our faith should not lose to evil. According to St. Peter, evil can be defeated by good and that good is Jesus,” he added.
The Taliban splinter group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Also, Tagle assured prayers for the victims and their families, and for the conversion of heart of the attackers.
Meanwhile, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines episcopal commission on Migrants and Itinerant People said a “wrong” ideology may have caused the attack.
“This shows that a wrong ideology causes violence and deaths of innocent people,” he said on the CBCP news site.
Thumbnail image from en.wikipedia.org/Adnanrail- Gulshan Iqbal Park