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Silent vigil remembers those who suffer for their beliefs

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

  • Minister: Tessa Jowell

  • Footballer: Fabrice Muamba

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CHURCHES in South Devon have again been taking part in Interfaith Week.

The event helps to strengthen positive relations between faith and belief communities and highlights the contributions they make to society.

An open silent vigil was held at Bedford Square in Exeter to remember those who suffer intolerance and violence for their beliefs in different parts of the world.

The week continued with an Interfaith Celebration at Exeter University's Cornwall House with dance, music, food, discussion and story telling.

Nationally, a sporting flavour marked a number of events this year with ex-footballer Fabrice Muamba kicking off Inter Faith Week at a Greater Manchester inter faith groups' event in Bolton; former Olympics minister Dame Tessa Jowell spoke at a Women's Interfaith Network event, and a Quaker Peter Green, who was part of the multi faith chaplaincy team at the Olympics and Paralympics, gave a presentation.

Martyn Goss, secretary of the Devon Faith and Belief Forum which supports the week, said: "In a time of such tensions around the world between communities, Interfaith Week can demonstrate the importance of deepening mutual respect for what we all share in common – our humanity and our planet.

"It is from understanding each other more closely that we can together promote peace through justice."

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