France holds special Mass for attack victims

2015-11-15 11:55
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Paris - Special church services are planned at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and around France in honour of 129 people killed in attacks that terrified the country.

Notre Dame, like other Paris sites, is closed to tourists on Sunday but will be open to church-goers coming for services during the day.

A special Mass by Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois will be held at 18:30 for families of victims and survivors, and the church will ring its renowned bells in a special homage.

In a message to parishioners, the cardinal says, "Our country knows the pain of mourning and must face barbarity propagated by fanatical groups".

French Muslim groups have firmly denounced the attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group. Some are concerned they will prompt a backlash against France's overwhelmingly moderate Muslim community.

Meanwhile, theEmpire State Building is dark in sympathy for the people of Paris.

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