Then I told the choir: Let’s sing one of two peace songs. So they quickly brought out the instruments and the little drums we have, and I greeted them, and they talked with me. And of course the press took photographs. And then I said: Let us all sing together. And our choir was very happy with that, because these were common songs.
Afterwards, I called a few of their leaders, 4 or 5 university students, a lady who was a doctor, and 2 or 3 lawyers, and I said: Let’s have a cup of tea, and we talked about these things and asked exactly that question: What can we do? It was a good discussion. The general consensus was that we need to awaken the sleeping majority, because it’s not the majority that is doing this.
Just after the attack on our church, a mosque was bombed in Karachi. And prior to that the army school was attacked, and all the kids killed were Muslims. And so we also need to express our sympathy, just as the Muslims now are coming to express their sympathy with us. What we are stressing is that we are citizens, and we are trying to wake up the government to do more.
Would the government listen to the small Christian population?
My thought always is: get the good, broad-minded Muslims together, like those who came to express their sympathy. While talking with them, the bombing of the mosque also took place. It belonged to a smaller sect of Muslims, a shiite sect. And he said: that group is scared now; we are going to go there on Friday, after Friday prayers, and we going to encourage them.
So we have to widen our thinking, and not think only in terms of the Christian community. There are other religious minority groups as well. We have to show solidarity towards one another.
Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.