Although we have seen many violent terrorist attacks in Europe, yet we are shocked and saddened again by acts of violent extremists in London on 22nd March 2017.
While offering our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, our sympathies also go out to those who have been injured and their families and loved ones.
As members of different faiths in Europe, we members of the European Council of Religious Leaders will continue to work individually and collectively to address the discords and ignorance that cause the extremists to resort to violence. We pledge to draw on the wisdom and love of our respective religious traditions, and the common values and humanity we share, to find ways to peacefully transform the conflicting interests and ideologies into opportunities for dialogue and co-operation for the well-being of all humanity.
Our hearts and doors are open and we appeal to those who have grievances to work with us, to help us understand and resolve the issues leading to these terrible tragedies.
The European Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace (ECRL) brings together senior religious leaders from Europe’s historical religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians. ECRL has participatory status with the Council of Europe. ECRL is one of five regional Interreligious Councils with the Religions for Peace network. Religions for Peace – accredited to the United Nations – is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace since 1970.