Faith leaders’ declaration

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ANGLICAN and Roman Catholic bishops and a representative of Sheffield’s Jewish community are gathering at a city mosque to sign a declaration condemning an American preacher who burned copies of the Koran.

Hard-line US Christian pastor Terry Jones’ actions have provoked fury among Muslims around the world, including unrest in Afghanistan which led to 30 deaths and the storming of a UN compound.

The Rev Dr Steven Croft, Church of England Bishop of Sheffield, the Rev John Rawsthorne, RC Bishop of Hallam, and Rabbi Dr Mark Golub, from Sheffield’s Jewish community, have accepted an invitation to sign the declaration at Usmania Mosque, on Leyburn Road, off Abbeydale Road.

Mosque chairman, Mohammad Azad, will also add his signature. The event is taking place from 6pm on Thursday.