Saturday, April 27, 2019

Peace prayer for Sri Lanka

Only a month after the attack in Christchurch, we mourn the victims of yet another
murderous crime. This time hundreds of people, mostly praying Christians in Sri Lanka, have been targeted by unknown murderers.
"Sri Lanka may be far away, but this attack is still an attack on all of us," says Pastor Corinna Zisselsberger of the interreligious House of One Foundation in Berlin. In Christchurch, New Zealand, praying Muslims were the goal, last October in the US-american town of Pittsburgh praying Jews. "We all live on this one earth. It is therefore all the more important that we unite and unite in love and peace - across all differences."

Therefore the House of One invites to a prayer for peace for the people who were killed in Colombo,

on Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 6.30 p.m. in the Marienkirche on Alexanderplatz in Berlin

Corinna Zisselsberger: "The victims, their relatives and all those affected will be in our thoughts and prayers".

Rabbi Andreas Nachama stated that unlike for anti-Semitism or Islamophobia, there is no word for hatred of Christians. "We close our eyes to a phenomenon that can be observed worldwide," says the Jewish clergyman. Whether Coptic churches in Egypt are burning, blasphemy paragraphs in Pakistan threaten lifes of Christians or in Somalia faithful are deliberately persecuted by the militias - Christians are not only under high pressure in the Muslim countries of the Near and Middle East. "For these persecutions we have no word", says Nachama and with regard to Sri Lanka: "At the moment we have only the grief and further to act together in mutual respect against such violence.

Easter Sunday is the highest holiday in the religious calendar of Christians, a celebration of peace. All over the world believers had gathered in the churches again this year to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus. The suicide bombers who went to churches and hotels in Colombo on that day are said to have been Muslims. "Jesus is a very important prophet in Islam, who stands with his message of love for reconciliation and the ability to forgive", says Imam Kadir Sanci, member of the Presidium of the House of One. "It is all the more terrible that on Easter Sunday of all days, this day of love, such a ghastly act of violence against peaceful, defenceless people was perpetrated. In order to counter this violence rooted in ignorance and prejudice, it would be necessary on every continent, in every country, in every city, to have places where people of all religions and world views meet, meet and exchange. "This is also the aim of our joint work in the House of One. Only in this way can we meet this irrational hatred."