Church condemns terrorist attacks in Libya and Denmark

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (top) and His Grace Bishop Angaelos (bottom) met with Rt Rev John Chalmers during last year's General Assembly.

The terrorist attacks in Libya and Denmark at the weekend have been condemned by the Convenor of the Church & Society Council, Rev Sally Foster-Fulton.

The attack in Libya targeted members of the Coptic Christian community from Egypt, while victims of the shootings in Denmark included a Jewish man killed at a synagogue in Copenhagen.

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton said "We were fortunate to welcome the senior representatives from both the UK's Coptic Orthodox and Jewish communities to speak at the Church's General Assembly last May. The Assembly renewed its commitment to both His Grace Bishop Angaelos and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis that the Church stands together with our brothers and sisters at such difficult times as these.

"We now share with Bishop Angaelos in this deep sorrow and pain for our partners in Libya, and in his prayers also for those who carried out these attacks. With him, we also recognise that Christians are not alone in being victims of terrorist violence.

"We also share the Chief Rabbi's concern at the attacks on the Jewish community. We too see the worsening levels of extremism in Europe as posing a risk to our democracy and freedom.

"That is why we continue to dig deep for the hope that is in us, and pray that the seeds of this violence may be overcome in us all."

Mrs Foster-Fulton's comments came as the Moderator of the General Assembly also shared his concerns over the increasing impact of radicalisation during a private audience with His Holiness the Pope at the Vatican.

The statements made by Bishop Angaelos and the Chief Rabbi can be found at these links:

His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.