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15 January 2015

Vigil held for Paris attacks

Vigil held for Paris attacks

A national Christian leader is calling for Wales to open its heart to other cultures and faiths, after a silent vigil this week for the recent atrocities in France.

People gathered in Cardiff Bay on Sunday to remember last week's attack on Paris.

Rev Elfed Godding, national director of Evangelical Alliance Wales, which represents 60,000 evangelicals on the National Assembly's Faith Communities Forum said: "It is so encouraging that around of 2,000 people attended the silent vigil outside the Senedd building.

"Wales has a reputation for being a place of safety for people from other parts of the world, and I would urge Christians and others in our nation to offer hospitality and not suspicion to our new neighbours.

"There are many political voices demanding that we exclude and shun people of other nationalities, but we are at our best when we welcome strangers and encourage their contribution to civic society.

"It would be terrible if the legacy of the Paris bombings in Wales resulted in increased suspicion and distance between us all. Let's resist the temptation to show the cold shoulder and instead be big hearted and welcoming."