14 May 2015, The Tablet

Kenyan cardinal calls for dialogue at Garissa massacre memorial

In the wake of increased Islamist violence, Kenyan Cardinal John Njue on Monday called on Christians to launch a human and intellectual dialogue with other religions to build peace around the world.

Cardinal Njue spoke at a memorial service for the victims of Garissa University College terror attack, carried out by the Somalia based Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab on 2 April. In the attack in Kenya’s most prominent northeastern town, 148 people, mainly Christian students, were killed by four terrorists in an eight-hour siege of the college.

Garissa memorial, CNS/Reuters“As Christians we … should engage in a dialogue designed to establish a world where peace prevails,” said Njue at the service organised by the Catholic and the Anglican Church of Kenya and attended by evangelical and Pentecostal church leaders.

A new ecumenical agenda is even more urgent because of the nature and scope of the dangers now, noted the cardinal.

Above: A woman lights a candle to remember one of the victims. CNS/Reuters

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