BISHOPS have visited mosques to show solidarity during Friday prayers in light of the New Zealand shootings.

The bishops of Chichester, Horsham and Lewes all visited mosques in Crawley to express the Christian Church’s solidarity with Muslim worshippers following recent events in New Zealand and, closer to home, in the Midlands.

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, who visit Broadfield Mosque, said during the visit: “I have come to this mosque in Crawley to express, on behalf of the Christian Church in Sussex, our solidarity with you who are our Muslim brothers and sisters.

“We shared in the international revulsion at the news of the shootings at the Friday Prayers in Christchurch one week ago. This was a cowardly attack on vulnerable people. It was a crime against humanity.”

He also spoke out against the attacks in Birmingham and said: “We, as Christians, believe that the attacks in Christchurch and in Birmingham demonstrate a sacrilegious spirit in the world today.