Belfast Presbytery reaches out after threats to Catholics
Presbyterians in east Belfast have expressed their concern and support for Catholic residents in a cross-community estate who have been subjected to sectarian threats.
Loyalist paramilitaries have been blamed for intimidation at Cantrell Close, off the Ravenhill Road in the south of the city.
The East Belfast Presbytery also expressed its concern at intimidation in the Inverary area of east Belfast, where a pig's head was left at a community centre and racist graffiti sprayed on its walls.
Speaking on behalf of the presbytery, Rev Mervyn Burnside, minister of Castlereagh Presbyterian Church, said: "As people living, working and worshipping in east Belfast we wanted to take the opportunity to express our prayerful solidarity with all families who have been subject to threats and intimidation.
"Everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home.
"Acts of hatred have no place in our community and must be both condemned and eradicated."