Having heard the news of the tragic accident involving the collapse of a crane on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, at a time when the building was packed with Muslim pilgrims, I feel that of our charity we should pray for those of our Muslim brethren who are affected by this accident, those injured, and in particular those who have died as a result.
While we hear much about evil extremists claiming to operate in the name of Islam, my experience is that the majority of Muslims are decent, moral people, honestly striving to do what is good and right, and to find their way to God in the way that they believe and understand. I am quite sure that there will be a place in Heaven for many of these souls, and it is particularly apt to pray for them to get there in this Holy Year of Mercy, recently begun by Pope Francis.
Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace.