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Everyone Welcome to Mass for Victims of Paris Attacks and Terrorist Bombings at St Mary's Cathedral Tonight

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
16 Nov 2015

Deaath toll in the Paris attack now around 120 and three hundreds injured.

Religious, political, civic and community leaders will come together at St Mary's Cathedral at 6.30 tonight when the Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney will offer mass for those killed and injured in the terrorist attacks in Paris and the victims of recent bombings in Beirut and Baghdad.

The NSW Governor, His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley, the Premier of NSW, the Honourable Mike Baird and the French Consul General in Sydney, Mr Nicolas Croizer will also be attending along with leaders and representatives of other faith traditions.

However everyone is welcome to the Requiem Mass when prayers of peace will be offered.

Many from the French community in Sydney will be attending and some prayers will be in French.

The mass will include the St Mary's Cathedral Choir while opera singer Amelia Farrugia will sing the National Anthem of France.

The Mass will also be streamed live while a tricolour light tribute will feature on the facade of the Cathedral facing Cathedral Square at the end of the Mass.

The Requiem Mass will be an opportunity for Sydneysiders to unite in prayerful solidarity for those affected by the recent spate of terrorist attacks, as well as to offer prayers for an end to violence across the world.

People were slaughtered as they enjoyed a meal at a restaurant

On Thursday, twin suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a crowded area on a commercial strip in Beirut during the evening rush hour, killing at least 43 people and wounding over 200 more. The death and injury toll would certainly have been higher if not for Adel Termos, who - after witnessing the first suicide bomb go off - noticed a second man approaching the crowd gathering around those killed and injured. Mr Termos tackled him and the device detonated, giving his own life so that others would be saved.

Then on Friday morning, a suicide bomber killed at least 18 people and wounded another 41 when he detonated a bomb outside a funeral in Baghdad.

And on Friday evening, three separate teams of terrorists targeting several sites in Paris killed more than 140 people and injured over 300 more.

Three explosions occurred near to the Stade de France, where France and Germany were playing a friendly match in front of 80,000 spectators. A team of gunmen went on a drive-by shooting spree, targeting three restaurants and bars in central Paris, firing hundreds of bullets from their car. And in the deadliest of the three attacks, four gunmen entered the Bataclan Theatre during a rock concert, killing 89 concertgoers and wounding many more.

Forty three people were killed in the recent Beirut bombing

On learning of the attacks, Sydney's Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP offered prayers for those involved in the ongoing terror, and took to social media to urge others to join him in prayer.

He also sent condolences on behalf of the Catholic community in Sydney and Australia to the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Armand Vingt-Trois, and telling him that this evening's Mass would be offered for the repose of the souls of the deceased and for peace in Paris and the world.

Pope Francis also expressed his deep sorrow over the attacks, and his closeness to the victims and their families.

In his Angelus address on Sunday, the Pope condemned killing in the name of God as blasphemous.

"In the face of such intolerable acts, we cannot cease condemning this unspeakable attack on the dignity of the human person," he said. "I want to vigorously reaffirm that the path of violence and hate does not resolve the problems of humanity. And that to use the name of God to justify this path is blasphemy."

The Mass commences at 6.30pm AEDT. For those unable to attend, the Mass will be live streamed at xt3.com/live/.