We have been blessed by dialogue with our Muslim friends which has revealed the beauty and peace of those who live a religion of prayer, generosity and belief in the same God of Abraham in whom we believe. Our practices and understandings regarding faith may be different in many ways, but there is much we share and celebrate. Our differences are an opportunity to engage with one another, never a reason for division. While our hearts go out to our Muslim brothers and sisters in their loss, pain and fear, (we pray that we may) open our hearts to those of different cultures and faiths, (and) not just for healing of the injured and comfort for those who mourn, but for a renewed outreach to others in love, kindness and welcome.
Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand Committee for Interfaith Relations