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Prayers for Paris

In light of the attacks that took place in Paris on 13 November, Catholics in Westminster joined together and with others to offer prayers for the victims and for the city of Paris the following day.

On Saturday afternoon, following the Proclaim Westminster Conference, Cardinal Vincent led a Holy Hour of prayer and Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in Westminster Cathedral. Following a reflection after the readings, the Cardinal lit a candle as a visible sign of prayer and of the presence of the Christ among us even in the darkest moments. He offered prayers for the victims, the bereaved and for all the people of France.

St Joseph's Chapel in the Cathedral has been set up as a quiet place for all who wish to spend some quiet time of prayer for the victims.

Later in the evening, a prayer vigil was held at Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square. The Taize prayers were offered for the victims and all who have been affected by the previous day's events. All were invited to light a candle and sign the book of condolence which has been opened at the church.

During the evening, other joined a prayer vigil in Trafalgar Square to remember the victims and to show solidarity with the people of France.

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