A group of Muslims, who live in the Czech Republic wanted to participate in religious services in St. Ludmilla’s Church at Náměstí Míru and the Church of Our Lord’s Sacred Heart in Vinohrady in order to express their revulsion against violence perpetrated by the Islamic State.

The catholic parish has rejected their offer to pray together: “The vicar of this church said he did not want to cooperate with us,” said Romana Červenková, one of the organisers of the event.

“Christianity and Islam are two different worlds. I do not know whether we would be able to reach an understanding within our religious services,” said Chaplain Zachariáš Tomáš Kristek from St. Ludmilla’s church. “Our parishioners would probably hate this. I would have to have been told in advance in order to be able to consult our people. And the event would have to have had prior approval by the Prague Archbishopric. We cannot act on our own initiative, especially in such sensitive matters,” he added.

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