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Muslims gather at Cathedral gates in stand against terrorism

Muslims will gather at the gates of a Welsh cathedral on Sunday in a show of solidarity with Christians a week after the terrorist attacks on churches in Sri Lanka.

Members of the Muslim community in Bangor will gather outside Bangor Cathedral during its morning service and then meet with worshippers to express their sympathy.

Ayad Mawla, from the Bangor Islamic Centre, wrote to the Dean of Bangor, condemning the “abhorrent events” and asking for permission to make a symbolic gesture of solidarity against terrorist attacks on religious buildings.

The Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, welcomed the “gracious gesture” from the town’s Islamic community.

He said, “We are all conscious that there are forces which seek to set people against each other and to create a climate of fear and suspicion. This gracious gesture by our Muslim friends shows we can overcome hatred and violence and I’m delighted the Cathedral in Bangor will host this meeting of solidarity. It builds on the excellent relationships we have established together between Cathedral and the Islamic community.”

The service at Bangor Cathedral starts at 11am and all are welcome to that and to refreshments afterwards.