Pakistan atrocities inspire two-hour vigil at Bradford Cathedral (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Pakistan atrocities inspire two-hour vigil at Bradford Cathedral
Bradford Cathedral hosted a vigil for victims of religious persecution this evening, spurred on by recent atrocities against Christians in Pakistan.
The interfaith ceremony invited people to consider the importance of religious freedom during the two-hour silent vigil.
A bomb attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, last week killed around 80 Christians, and was followed earlier on Sunday by a car bomb in the same area that killed 39 people.
Almost two dozen people attended the vigil, introduced by Dr Phil Lewis, interfaith advisor to the Bishop of Bradford, who explained that the service was for all faiths who are persecuted, as well as acting as a show of solidarity with their Pakistani counterparts. Dr Lewis said: “Religious freedom is like a canary in a mine. Once it is attacked, that is the first step to persecution.”
Attending the vigil was Rev Sarah Siddique-Gill, a former bible teacher in Pakistani and now deacon of St Paul’s, Shipley.