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Rabbi at Vatican conference offers prayers after Jerusalem atrocity

Religious leaders including Lord Sacks and Cardinal Müller at the Vatican conference on marriage

Lord Sacks, Britain’s former chief rabbi, has offered a prayer at a Vatican conference after militants killed at least four people in an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Religious leaders from all over the world – including Muslim and Jewish leaders as well as Christians – paused for a moment to pray while at a conference on marriage.

Two Palestinian men armed with a pistol, knives and axes stormed a seminary in West Jerusalem. Both of them were shot dead, police say.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to respond “with a heavy hand to the brutal murder”. US Secretary of State John Kerry described it as an act of “pure terror”.