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ACNS3268 'People for Peace' 10-day vigil against war in Iraq

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2003 13:37:48 -0000

ACNS 3268     |     AUSTRALIA	  |	22 JANUARY 2003

'People for Peace' 10-day vigil against war in Iraq

[Anglican Media Melbourne] People for Peace, a coalition of faith
communities and others concerned about the build up for a US-led war on
Iraq, will lead a lunchtime peace vigil outside St Paul's Cathedral
Melbourne, from 12:30 - 1:30pm each day from 22-31 January 2003.

The vigil will be launched on Wednesday 22 January at 12.30pm when a 30' x
25' banner calling for "Peace Not War" will be unfurled from the Cathedral
roof. Anglican representatives will welcome the vigil to the Cathedral on
behalf of the Archbishop and the Dean. A white coffin and a picture of a
mutilated Iraqi child will be displayed, representing the impact of military
action on Iraq's civilians.

On Wednesday 29 January, an interfaith gathering of leaders from Christian,
Buddhist and Muslim communities will speak, responding to the report back of
the UN weapons inspectors and US President Bush's State of the Union

Daily activities at the vigil will include reading stories about the lives
of ordinary people in Iraq, prayer, silence and music. Passers-by are
encouraged to join the vigil, sit in silence, or fold a paper crane to be
added to a large banner to be displayed inside the Cathedral.

According to one of the organisers, the Revd Stephen Ames, the vigil has two
purposes. "The vigil aims to provide the members of the public with an
opportunity to make their voices heard for peace," he said. "It will also
send a message to all our political leaders that the people of Australia
don't want a war."

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