Moroccans of 3 Faiths Gather to Mourn Madrid Victims

RABAT, Morocco, MARCH 18, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper highlighted an interreligious ceremony in the cathedral of Rabat, Morocco, in memory of the victims of the March 11 terrorist attacks in Madrid.

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Christian, Muslim and Jewish representatives attended Tuesday’s ceremony, convoked by Archbishop Vincent Landel of Rabat, according to L’Osservatore Romano.

The event was notable, as Spanish police have detained five Moroccans in connection with investigations of the bomb attacks linked to al-Qaida. Authorities earlier put the death toll from the attacks at 201, though 194 bodies have been identified so far.

In his homily, Archbishop Landel spoke of “the inhuman whirlwind that is afflicting the world” and added: “We are here to say, no matter what our religion or nationality, that we want this to cease.”

The ceremony was attended by the full government of Moroccan Prime Minister Driss Jettou, as well as by Spain’s Foreign Minister Ana Palacio.

In its Italian edition today, L’Osservatore Romano also reported on a demonstration that took place in Casablanca on Tuesday night. Some 1,500 people gathered in front of the Spanish Consulate chanting slogans against “terrorism and hatred.”

Another demonstration of solidarity with the Spanish victims was held in Tangier, in the north.

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