Peterborough remembers Paris attack victims

The candle in Peterborough Cathedral
The candle in Peterborough Cathedral
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Peterborough residents have come together to remember the victims of the terror attacks in Paris.

At least 127 people were killed in the attacks in the French capital last night (Friday), and many more were injured as gunmen opened fire.

This morning a candle was lit at Peterborough Cathedral to remember the victims, and show solidarity with the French people.

Residents wrote prayer cards at the Cathedral, including ‘For all the families and people in Paris’ and ‘Thinking of you Paris.’

Canon Ian Black also wrote a prayer in response to the attacks.

Canon Black said: “I was watching the news last night and saw (American president) Barack Obama pick up on the French values of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite.

“I wanted to write a prayer about those values.

“I think the people of Peterborough will react with shock and horror after seeing these events.

“At evening prayers I will be saying a prayer for those victims, and also for our Muslim brothers and sisters. Most Muslims do not support ISIS, and it is important to remember that.”

Abdul Choudhuri, chairman of the Faizan e Madinah mosque in Gladstone Street, Peterborough, said the community condemned the atrocities in France.

He said he had spoken at a religious conference being held at the mosque. He said: “At a Mosque gathering today at midday where there were well over 1500 people where I made a speech, condemning most strongly the barbaric act committed by a few twisted mind people In Paris and expressed our deepest sympathy to the victims families.

“The whole congregation echoed my sentiments. It is indeed very disturbing that such criminal people and their backers associate them selves with “Islamic state.”

“Terrorism and Islam are world apart and whole world must understand.”

Mayor of Peterborough Cllr John Peach led the city in a minute’s silence at the Christmas lights switch on.

He said: “Our thoughts and our prayers are with the French people and all other nationalities - probably some of our own citizens - that were involved in the appalling attacks last night.

“I ask you to show your support for the French nation and to remember those who tragically lost their lives.”

Before their match with Fleetwood Town, Peterborough United held a minute silence in honour of the victims of the attacks at the ABAX Stadium. The Peterborough Phantoms will hold a minute silence before their game tomorrow, and will also play the French national anthem.

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Prayer for Paris (by Canon Ian Black):

God of liberty, your Spirit sets us free to flourish and delight in your love and goodness.

God of equality, you adopt us as your children to be heirs of your grace.

God of fraternity, you draw us together in your Son and strengthen the bonds that unite us in a common humanity.

Shine your light of hope into the darkness of oppression, division and hatred, that we may be set free from these chains as equal brothers and sisters, and the world rejoice in your peace.

Wipe away the tears of grief and sorrow and deliver us from evil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.