Canada Condemns Church Bombing in Tanzania

May 6, 2013 - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement:

“Canada strongly condemns the cowardly attack on the newly inaugurated Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, which killed at least two persons and injured more than 50 others.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“Tanzania is one of Canada’s key partners in Africa. Tanzania is renowned for its religious tolerance. It is a country where Christians and Muslims, the country’s two most prevalent religious groups, generally live side by side in peace and harmony. This tragedy is a reminder that all countries must be vigilant against those who would seek to undermine religious freedom.

“Canada urges the Tanzanian authorities to launch a full investigation into the attack and to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.”

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