Hundreds of people including Jewish and Muslim leaders, government MPs and French nationals gathered at Sydney St Mary’s Cathedral last night to remember the victims of the Paris terror attacks.
The requiem Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral was one of several vigils and community gatherings happening around Australia on Monday evening.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, said at the Mass: “The merchants of terror may care little for life and liberty, family and friendship, truth and beauty, faith and goodness, but we will never repudiate these things.”
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and French consul-general to the city Nicolas Croizer were among those who attended the special Mass.
Dr Jamal Rifi, a prominent figure in Sydney’s Lebanese Muslim community, said he attended the vigil to pray for “peace and unity.”
“All the citizens of this beautiful country, we have to come together in times like this time,” he said.
“[People] need to look within themselves, about the good in themselves and they need to also look at their neighbour and the good in their neighbour.”
Maha Abdo, the chief executive of the Muslim Women's Association, said she prayed for “peace and tranquillity for humanity, not just for a particular group against another.”
“I come with a heavy heart, but with the hope that my being here is not just a symbolic one,” she said.
Archbishop Fisher also said the Mass would also be dedicated to the victims of the IS-claimed bombings in Beirut and Baghdad last week.
A light tribute was displayed on the cathedral facade after the service.
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