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Presiding Bishop issues statement on conflict in the Middle East

4/19/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold has issued a statement expressing his "horror" at the news of the recent bombing in Tel Aviv and reaffirming the Episcopal Church's commitment to condemning violence "on all sides of the drastic and ever worsening conflict in the Middle East." The full text of Griswold's statement follows:

Along with countless others, I received with horror the news of the recent bombing in Tel Aviv, which has left nine people dead and many more injured both physically and emotionally. The Episcopal Church condemns violence on all sides of the drastic and ever worsening conflict in the Middle East. While deeply mindful of the rage and sense of hopelessness the continuing situation provokes among the Palestinian people, I am appalled by any notion that the killing of innocent people can ever be justified. While such an action is always reprehensible, it is all the more disturbing when it comes during the time of Passover. I pray that God will raise up peace makers who will be given the courage and determination to find a way to bring peace to a land and its peoples who for too long have not known peace.

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold
Presiding Bishop & Primate
The Episcopal Church