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Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) consoles relatives of victims of air attacks

Posted on: October 1, 2001 1:57 PM
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The Revd Canon John Peterson
Anglican Communion Office

Dear John,

Greetings in Christ's name!

The Bishops, Clergy and Laity of the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic incident of last Tuesday's air attacks on vital installations in the United States of America, particularly New York and Washington D.C., which resulted in the loss of several lives, and sustenance of several injuries.

One cannot fathom the motive for such a dastardly act, but it confirms the continued existence of evil in the world which all servants of Christ must resist steadfast in the faith. We call also on people of other faiths, those who know the value of godly ideals as well as all peace loving people to work together to ensure the total eradication of evil deeds from this planet, the only one we have to inhabit.

It is difficult to know what to say at a time like this. But we do want to offer our deepest condolences to the bereaved relations and friends of victims of the high-jacked airlines, the devastated installations, rescue teams and others.

We wish also to assure them of the continuance of our prayers for the repose of the souls of their loved ones. We thank God for those who survived the tragedy, and assure them of our prayers for their speedy and full recovery, physically, psychologically and spiritually.

Our prayers go for you and all our other friends of the Secretariat and World-wide Anglican Communion, President George W. Bush, the government and people of the United States of America, badly shaken as we are with shock, grief, disbelief and confusion.

We warmly commend the fire-fighters, medical personnel and all others involved in the rescue and relief operations for their empathy, love, prayers and highly appreciable efforts.

St. Paul has this to say in tragic times like this: "In view of all this, what can we say? If God is for us who can be against us? No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us", (Romans 8:31,37)

We pray the good Lord to uphold all of us with His Love, protection, guidance and blessing.

The Most Revd Robert G A Okine
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Province of West Africa and Bishop of Koforidua-Ho