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Statement of Bishop Brendan Kelly on Vandalism of Maryam Mosque in Galway, Ireland

‘An attack on a place of worship is an assault on God and an assault on all people of faith.’

Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora, Ireland, issued the following statement on July 30, 2019, in the wake of the July 29, 2019, vandalism of Maryam Mosque in Galway.

“Together with so many of my fellow Galwegians, I am dismayed and shocked at the wilful and malicious assault made last night on the Maryam Mosque in our city.  I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the perpetrators.

“Later today I will visit my good friend Iman Ibrahim Noonanto to assure him of my personal support and prayers and to convey to him the very deep sense of outrage felt across our community. An attack on a place of worship is an assault on God and an assault on all people of faith. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors.  With them, we reject violence, we reject division and we reject hate.

“In this festive week for Galway, I ask all people of good-will to keep Galway Muslims in their hearts and prayers and to continue showing our fine and welcoming city in its best possible light.”

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