The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has condemned outright the attack by vandals on the Canberra Islamic Centre in Monash, ACT.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse said: 'Catholics throughout Canberra and beyond send our prayers and sentiments of solidarity to our Islamic friends. This act of vandalism is totally unacceptable. We pray for all members of the Canberra Islamic Centre. May they feel our support at this time.
'We must re-double our efforts to ensure that all religions represented in Canberra feel safe and secure to practice their faith without fear.'
Operators of the Canberra Islamic Centre and National Islamic Library are still cleaning up and assessing the damage caused by vandals who broke in during the weekend.
Police say the motive of the vandals remains unclear, but the Centre is convinced they were anti-Muslim. It is the second break-in at the Centre this month - but this time the damage was far more extensive.
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