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Churches mark 7/7 with prayer and support

<     src=London churches, which provided sanctuary for those injured or strandeafter the 7 July bombs a year ago, held memorial services last Friday.In the morning, St Paul's Cathedral opened for prayer, and held two acts oremembrance. Two special services were held at St George the Martyr, QueeSquare, near Tavistock Square, where the No. 30 bus was blown up.St Pancras New Church, Euston, which was a refuge for the injured after thbus bomb in Tavistock Square, hosted a multifaith service. A service oremembrance was held at St Botolph's, Aldgate. The Vicar, the Revd Brian Leehad helped escort dead bodies out of the underground station after the bombHis church then became the centre for emergency services.St Ethelburga's, in the City of London, which was partly destroyed by a bomin a 1993 IRA attack, held a peace vigil.Speaking on Friday, the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartressaid: "We stand united in our determination to resist and overcome the evil oterrorism. We belong to different faith traditions, but we share a common grieat the suffering inflicted on so many of our fellow Londoners."The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of suicide-bombing as the fruit of blasphemous lack of trust in God, when he preached to the General Synod in YorMinster on Sunday morning. "People of faith have had to try and come to termwith the horrible fact that there are those who want to serve their God, antheir idea of justice, by organised slaughter and suicide."They want to display strength; they want to secure their vision by forcand to clothe suicide with the spiritual power of martyrdom. And what oureadings today say to us is that this represents a condition of spirituaweakness that is both pitiable and terrifying. For the person who resorts trandom killing in order to promote the honour of God or the supposed cause ojustice, it is clear that God is not to be trusted. God is too weak to looafter his own honour, and we are the strong ones who must step in to help himSuch is the underlying blasphemy at work."The Council of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum sent a message osupport to the communities of Beeston, Hyde Park, and Dewsbury, where some othe bombers came from. It commended "the fantastic work" done in the communitto challenge discrimination and to advance the contribution of faith in tharea in bringing people together for prayer and action".Leeds Churches Together called on people of faith to pray for thperpetrators and victims of last year's atrocity. After the bombs last yearthe group had held a rally with Muslim groups.Blackburn Cathedral held a vigil for peace on Friday, organised by leaderfrom six world faiths.The Muslim Council of Britain and Churches Together in Britain and Irelanissued a joint statement last Friday saying that both Christian and Muslitraditions and scriptures "repudiate the use of violence".Should there be a public inquiry into the 7 July bombings?
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