ATTACK ON STATUE OF VIRGIN MARY AT PUNCHBOWL CHURCH

The Rev Fred Nile MP, Leader of the Christian Democratic Party, has condemned the destructive attack on the statue of the Virgin Mary at St Charbel Church at Punchbowl, during the morning of 29th January 2015.

“I believe there is truth in the suspicion that this attack was carried out by Islamic radicals who opposed the special Middle East Youth Service, which was held later that night, to pray for Christians who were being persecuted and murdered by the Islamic State in Iraq” said Rev Fred Nile.

Mr Nile said that he was pleased to be invited to address the Middle Eastern Christian Young Men following the Service.

Photographs:

The smashed Virgin Mary statue at St Charbel Church, Punchbowl.

Rev Fred Nile speaking to the Middle Eastern Christian young men at the St Charbel barbecue meeting, with other participants.

Middle Eastern Christian young men at barbecue meeting.

Rev Fred Nile welcomed by Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay and Rev Joseph Sleiman at St Charbel Church.

30th January 2015

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The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC ED., L.Th.,

Member of the Legislative Council

Assistant President of The Legislative Council

Parliamentary Leader, Christian Democratic Party

Parliament House, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000

Telephone: (02) 9230 2478    Facsimile: (02) 9230 2098

Email: f.nile@parliament.nsw.gov.au