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Vatican cardinal prays for peace in London interfaith service

Archbishop Emeritus Kevin McDonald, centre, poses with Cardinal Tauran and other religious leaders (Mazur/

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran took part in an inter-religious “prayer for peace” service in London yesterday.

Cardinal Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, also visited a Hindu temple in north-west London.

During his visit to the temple he was presented with a garland and given a tilaka, a smearing of powder on the forehead.

Today he is visiting a Jain temple in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

The “prayer for peace” event at Westminster Cathedral Hall was inspired by the World Day of Prayer for Peace at Assisi convened by Blessed Pope John Paul II. It was attended by politicians including the Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather as well as Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Zoroastrians, among others.

Photos of the trip can be seen here.