How to be a Christian in a time of war
As the number of Muslims in Ireland has increased, there has been a surge in violence against the country’s Christians.
This week, the Church of Ireland was rocked by a wave of attacks.
The Irish Catholic Church’s statement in response to the violence came in the wake of a deadly assault in the small village of St Thomas’s, in County Donegal, on Sunday.
The attacker, identified only as Mohammed, allegedly shot three people in front of his victim and stole the gun before fleeing.
He then attacked three more people, including an elderly woman who was shot in the head and left for dead.
“The attack occurred on St Thomas Street in the village of Derry, on the evening of December 9th.
At around 10pm, a gunman entered a church, opened fire on the congregation, and stole two pistols, a rifle and a handgun,” read the statement from the Church.
“He then fled the scene and was reported missing later that evening.”
The attacker’s weapon was recovered by the gardaí in Derry in the early hours of Monday morning.
“We are concerned that these incidents will fuel the rise in violent attacks in our communities and further fuel the fear and division that we are experiencing,” the statement continued.
“This violence can only further exacerbate our existing problems and undermine the healing and reconciliation process that is vital to our faith.”
The Church of England was quick to respond, writing on Facebook: “Violence is not the way to build peace.
It is the opposite.”
But the attacks have prompted a wider conversation about the conflict and the importance of building trust and building bridges.
“When people are feeling hurt, it’s a great feeling to feel you’re not alone,” said Sister Theresa McCafferty, pastor of St Patrick’s Church in Kilkenny.
“It brings people together, and I think that’s why we see a lot of healing happening.”
She said people are struggling to make sense of the violence.
“There is a lot to understand and understand, and to see things in context.
It’s been difficult for people to put their heads together and to be able to say what is wrong with this society and what needs to change,” she said.
“I think we are going through a really difficult time and people need to recognise that there is hope and that there are some things that we can do.”
Sister McCaffert said she believes that violence is only one of many issues facing Ireland’s Christian community.
“As Christians, we are often asked to be peacemakers.
We are often criticised for having a certain way of life.
We can be too quiet, too quiet.
I think it’s important for us to speak out, to talk about what we want, and we need to be compassionate,” she added.
“That’s not a negative thing.
But in fact, it is a relationship between people and their government.” “
In our culture, we often think of peace as being a person-to-person relationship, a relationship of love, a love between people.
But in fact, it is a relationship between people and their government.”
A number of local groups have formed to help those affected by the violence and have offered financial support.
In Kilkennan, a local church is working to set up a refuge for those who are homeless and vulnerable.
It said it has a community centre and other services available to people who are at risk of losing their homes.
“If we can’t afford to take on people, we can help people who might be on the streets or in crisis, or who need the support of other people,” said the Rev. Peter McLean, who leads the St Patrick Catholic Church.
There is also a charity called the St Thomas Trust that has set up shelter in a number of the local churches to offer support and support groups to those in need.
The charity said it would work with the local Catholic organisations to support those who need it most.
“St Thomas Trust is also providing a safe place for those people who need shelter and to support them in their journey towards recovery,” it said in a statement.
The Church is calling on all people in the country to help build a more united Ireland.
“Peace, reconciliation and reconciliation of the people of Ireland, will always be the goal,” said Cardinal Sean Brady.
“To help heal the wounds of conflict, we must build a culture of healing and peace that respects all people.”
The Irish government said the violence in the area is the “biggest” it has faced since the conflict started.
“What happened in Kilpatrick is the biggest attack on our peace and reconciliation efforts since the beginning of the conflict,” a spokesman for Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said.
“It is a tragedy and the Government is working closely with local authorities, community leaders and others to ensure that those responsible for this crime are brought to justice.”