New Zealand shooting: Bishop speaks of ‘horror of attack on people who had gathered to pray’

The Catholic bishop of Elphin has extended his sympathy to the Muslim community in this region following the attack on two crowded mosques in New Zealand that has left 49 people dead.

Worshippers had gathered for afternoon prayers at two of Christchurch’s mosques when a gunman opened fire.

The shooter – who was an Australian-born citizen – livestreamed the attack on Facebook.

Two other men and a woman are being held by investigators.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said none of the suspects were on any terror watch-lists.

The President and Taoiseach have both condemned the shooting.

Bishop Kevin Doran called for people to stop and think about how we speak about Muslims.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, he referred to the horror of an attack on any people when they come together to pray.