United in the immense pain of the Christians and of many, we remember the victims of the attack in Lahore, and continue to pray unceasingly for the gift of peace. A testimonial from Pakistan.
«Just after a few hours from the tragic event in Yohannabad (Lahore). We are safe, even if the news is sporadic. » The small community of the Focolare wrote us from Pakistan, to give us some news immediately after the two terrorist attacks against two Christian Churches, the Saint John Catholic Church and the Christ Church, where 15 persons died and many others were wounded. We are in Punjab, where the biggest Christian community of Pakistan lives. The attack of 15 March was the most serious attack against Christians after that 2013 in Peshawar.
«We are praying also for Danish, the child of one of our families who was injured. Hundreds of people who were in the two churches were saved thanks to intervention of the young security guards who sacrificed their lives by blocking the attackers. »
«We pray that this suffering does not degenerate into vengeance,» they said. And «in this umpteenth absurd tragedy, » they ensured that also in this event they wanted to see the face of Jesus on the Cross: «we renew our “yes” to Jesus Forsaken,» they wrote. Rallies are going on throughout the country, the Christian schools in Lahore are closed and three days of mourning was announced.
«We are with you in this tragedy,», Maria Voce wrote on behalf of the Focolare Movement «We are praying for the gift of peace and a supplement of merciful love.»
«With great pain, with great pain – Pope Francis said at the Angelus – I have just heard about the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city of Lahore in Pakistan, that provoked the death and injury of many (…). As I ensure you of my prayers for the victims and their families, I pray the Lord, source of every good, the gift of peace and harmony for that country.»