Vigil held for victims of Kenya massacre and Pakistan terror attack - including 18 members of Bolton vicar's family
Those who lit a candle, from left, Caroline Wyke, Pat Taylor, Father Michael Cooke, Hema Chevli and Saidmohammed Akuji
FAITH communities joined together to pay a moving tribute to those killed in recent atrocities in Peshawar and Nairobi, including 18 family members of a Bolton vicar.
About 60 people attended a vigil at St Paul with Emmanuel Church in Deane tonight, where representatives from Bolton’s Christian, Hindu and Muslim faith groups paid their respects to those affected.
A “deeply distressed” Reverend Fayaz Adman flew back to Peshawar last week after a targeted extremist attack against Christians killed 85 people, of which 18 were members of his family.
Mr Adman was the vicar of St Paul, and Canon Matthew Thompson said he was grateful for the support of Bolton’s faith groups in allowing them to hold the vigil in the most appropriate location.
Father Michael Cooke, from Bolton Interfaith Council read a statement from Bishop Chris Edmondson, in which he offered his profound condolences to Mr Adman, having visited members of his family in the aftermath of the incident.
The 6pm vigil also made reference to the massacre at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, which killed at least 67 people, with six Britons among the dead.
A large solitary candle was lit to start the vigil, while a representative from five different faith groups lit a separate candle before closing prayers.
A heavy tension hung in the air as the congregation observed a minute’s silence in respect of Mr Adman.
Mr Thompson said: “It is great to see so many people from different faith groups across Bolton attending tonight to pray together for what is good, right and true.
“We were very keen to show solidarity with Mr Adman and his family, the people in Peshawar and the people in Nairobi at this unimaginably difficult time.”
Two Islamist groups with Taliban links say they organised the attack – thought to be the most deadly ever against Pakistan’s Christians — in response to US drone strikes.
Mr Adman was baptised, confirmed and ordained at the now-destroyed All Saints Church in his native Peshawar.
The married father-of-two, aged 50, has lived in the UK for about 10 years and flew out to Pakistan to comfort his family on September 23.
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