Remembering terrorist victims

SAINT DENIS, Reunion Island — Some 200 people from various faiths, including members and local leaders of the Church, gathered here Sept. 16 to pray for peace in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in the U.S. Sept. 11. The interfaith meeting, held at the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme and including Latter-day Saints, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Hindus and Bahai leaders, was meant to bring everyone together to be workers of peace.

"What struck the United States on Sept. 11 reveals the horror of evil," said District President Alain Chion Hock. "The time is now for every man and woman to open their heart to the pure love of God so that the innocent no longer have to suffer foolish destruction."

President Hock added that his prayers go to the victims that they find comfort through the Holy Ghost.

"Religion must be the cause of unity, harmony and agreement among mankind," said Peggy Bachoo, quoting Bah'u'llh of the Bahai faith.

The meeting was rich in symbols. The Imam of the St. Denis Mosque recited verses of the Koran while the U.S. flag held by Michael Washington of the St Denis Branch of the Church was waving in the air. All the participants were invited to show their desire of peace by dropping a flower in memory of human rights.