Protecting and Promoting Religious Freedom

May 15, 2013 - Arusha, Tanzania - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai pay their respects at St. Joseph-Olasiti Roman Catholic Church.

Three people were killed and many more wounded last week in a bomb attack during the church’s inaugural mass.

“By the grace of God, it was not more,” said Baird after placing flowers at the graves of the three people killed. “Canada mourns with you and stands in solidarity with Tanzania against forces that would seek to undermine security, pluralism and religious freedom.”

Baird and Obhrai met Father Prosper B. Lyimo, General Secretary and Chancellor, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha, and Father Peddy Castelino, St. Joseph-Olasiti parish priest.

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