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Bishop Toby helps lead multi-faith prayer vigil in Bradford

First published on: 20th October 2023

PEOPLE gathered in the centre of Bradford for a multi-faith prayer vigil amid the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

Held by faith leaders from across the Bradford district, the Centenary Square vigil was an opportunity for reflection. 

People from all faiths – or none – were welcomed to join together “in the midst of appalling violence and pain," said the Rt Revd Toby Haworth, Bishop of Bradford.

There was a sense of unity at the vigil, where candles and ribbons for peace were handed out. 

Dean of Bradford Andy Bowerman also sent out a strong message.

“This is a hugely important moment for Bradford,” he told the Telegraph & Argus, and a full report of the event may be read here

“Things that happen in other parts of the world really come out here - and especially when it's Palestine and Israel. 

“It's not about taking sides, people from all parts of the region are dying and struggling. 

“Violence begets more violence."

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said: "I'm here to show solidarity at this multi-faith event and for people to come together in this way. 

“There's so much pain and suffering in Israel and Gaza and we need a ceasefire and release of hostages."

The vigil came as The Council for Mosques in Bradford released a statement that urged “for a swift end to the violence and a sustainable peace in the region”.

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