Love Parade tragedy was god`s punishment: Bishop

A bishop describes the stampede at a German music festival as a sinful event.

London: An Austrian bishop has described the stampede at a German music festival that left 21 people dead as a sinful event and said the incident was god`s punishment for losing faith.

Andreas Laun, the Roman Catholic bishop in Salzburg, described the Love Parade and participation in it as a "rebellion against creation and against God`s order, which are sins and an invitation to sin", Sky News reported.

Twenty-one people died and over 500 were injured in a stampede as revellers tried to get in to the festival in the German city of Duisburg on July 24.

Writing on the German-language website, Laun linked the deaths to God`s right to punish apostates - those who turn their back on the true faith.

A memorial service was later held for the stampede victims, which was attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.