The Catholic Church is deeply concerned by this latest arrest of a self-radicalized youth.  At the same time, we wish to affirm our solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and our strong belief that Islam is a religion of peace.

The Catholic Church stands firmly behind its principle of respect for all religions.  Violence has no place in society, let alone misperceived martyrdom through taking the lives of others. The Church believes in religious harmony and the peaceful co-existence of all religions. We must appreciate the goodness in every religion.

No peace can ever come out of hatred and bigotry; hence she places a high priority on fostering religious harmony.

With the proliferation of errant and violent materials readily available on the internet, it is all the more urgent and incumbent on teachers and guardians to guide our youths to wholesome teachings, especially in matters of faith, which can lift people to great good or incite the worst offences against humanity.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with the young man and his family.  With good guidance, may he come to understand and share a respect for all other religions and races which we celebrate in Singapore.

Issued by the Archbishop’s Communications Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.