An interfaith service was held today at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield in memory of the victims of the recent terrorists attacks in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as well as refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries.
The interfaith service allowed people of all different background to come together in support for victims of violent attacks all across the world. It's in response to recent attacks in Baghdad, Beirut, Paris, and Mali, and to the fear regarding welcoming Syrian refugees into the country.
Governors of several states want to stop the resettlement of Syrians in the United States in the aftermath of the recent Paris attacks in which ISIS claimed responsibility.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed security screening legislation.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he would not like to settle anymore Syrian refugees in the state until he has further information on how they are screened. A total of 2290 Syrian refugees have arrived in the United States since 2011.
Christ Church Cathedral is working now to create opportunities to support Syrian refugees.
"Out of sympathy for these people we want to change hearts and minds and make people aware of their need and the way that there is, they are not a risk. These people are fleeing terror not bringing it," said Steve Abdow.
Organizers of this event say they hope that people can take away a feeling of hope and tolerance from today's services.
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