Speakers prayed for peace and for unity, at an interfaith Boston Marathon vigil in Berlin.

The vigil was held at the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, where the gathering filled the basement.

Council of American Islamic Relations of Connecticut member Mongi Dhaouadi says leaders of faith must restore sanity.

“We can build instead of destroy, build lives, build souls,” Dhaouadi said.

He said religious leaders must work to prevent acts of violence against Muslims in the United States following the bombing.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church Reverend Joseph Pace prayed for peace.

“Set at rest the minds of all who are anxious or fearful,” Pace said. “Lift up your countenance upon the first responders, the doctors, the therapists, and all who work with the victims.”

Islamic Association of Greater Hartford member Fatma Antar says she heard about the bombing in a phone call from her sister in Egypt.

“As a mother, and especially the mother of a son who lives in Boston, I felt many emotions: Pain, fear, anger, and compassion,”


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