現有資訊都表明，波士頓 "馬拉松爆炸案" 兩名嫌犯是親兄弟，出身於俄羅斯高加索地區車臣穆斯林家庭，具有美國合法居留身份。此訊息勢將引發部份美國民眾與伊斯蘭教社區的種族/宗教衝突。有政治人物亦提出，美國移民政策有重新檢討之必要。美國政府則再次重申保護多元文化及族裔和諧的一貫政策不會因此事件而動搖。
Boston Muslims react to marathon bombs
BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22200071
18 April 2013 Last updated at 07:20 ETHelp
Muslims living in Boston have been describing their feelings following the marathon bombings which killed three people and left more than 170 wounded.
One man at the Islamic Cultural Center said: "Whoever tried to kill an eight-year-old doesn't have any principles in his life."
A woman at Northeastern University's Islamic Society said she hoped the person behind the attacks was not a Muslim because it would "prove everyone's stereotypes".
Other students told the BBC's Franz Strasser they wanted to help the victims but were worried they would be considered a suspect because of their religion or appearance.
Pope and other religious leaders react to Boston Marathon bombings
By Jeff Kunerth
Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/blogs/religion-world/os-pope-and-othe-religious-leaders-react-to-boston-bombing-20130416,0,1486962.post
Daniel Burke has this story for Religion News Service on the reaction from Pope Francis and other religious leaders to the bombing at the Boston Marathon:
The Vatican sent a telegram to Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Tuesday, in which Pope Francis expresses sympathy for the victims of the marathon bombings and urges Americans to "combat evil with good."
Here's the full text of the telegram, as provided by the Vatican:
His Eminence Cardinal Sean O'Malley
Archbishop of Boston
Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God's peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.
–Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State
Here are some additional reactions to the Boston bombing from religious leaders in the U.S.
The U.S.-based Muslim Public Affairs Council said:
MPAC condemns this terrorist attack; this is a horrible crime, and we call on all of us as Americans to work together to bring those responsible to justice. The Boston Marathon is an annual, historic event with more than 28,000 people participating from all around the world. To attack those on what is supposed to be a day of jubilation is criminal and inexcusable.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offered the following prayer:
Gracious God, you walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We pray that the suffering and terrorized be surrounded by the incarnate presence of the crucified and risen one. May every human being be reminded of the precious gift of life you entered to share with us. May our hearts be pierced with compassion for those who suffer, and for those who have inflicted this violence, for your love is the only healing balm we know. May the dead be received into your enfolding arms, and may your friends show the grieving they are not alone as they walk this vale of tears. All this we pray in the name of the one who walked the road to Calvary.
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