Prayer service for Pakistan school victims

In Pakistan, Caritas staff members held a prayer service for the victims of this week’s school tragedy. Photo by Caritas Pakistan

In Pakistan, Caritas staff members held a prayer service for the victims of this week’s school tragedy. Photo by Caritas Pakistan

On 18 December, Caritas Pakistan staff gathered to pray for the victims of this week’s attack on a school in western Pakistan. About 50 staff members attended a somber prayer service in Lahore on the second national day of mourning after seven gunmen raided the Army Public School in Peshawar, opening fire on students assembled in an auditorium. The school educated children, aged 10 to 18, of officers and non-commissioned soldiers.

Father Joseph Louis, Executive Secretary of Caritas Pakistan Lahore, headed the prayer service, along with Mr. Amjad Gulzar, Executive Director of Caritas Pakistan.

Gulzar expressed his grief over the killing of children. “We are praying for the victims’ families,” he said.

Caritas Pakistan also participated in candlelighting ceremonies and protests, displaying cards stating “we condemn terrorism.”

“Everybody has condemned this attacked and we are in solidarity with the whole nation,” said Gulzar. “We all must endeavor to bring peace to our country.”

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