NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York stood in solidarity with France today, as a number of vigils and rallies were held across the city.
Several hundred people from all different faiths gathered together Sunday for an interfaith candlelight vigil in Brooklyn for the victims of the Paris attack.
Prayers were led by members of all different faiths, including Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and Christian denominations.
They prayed in English, Arabic, Hebrew and French, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
One leader representing several Brooklyn Muslim organizations said they were there in one voice.
“Doesn’t matter what religion you’re from, doesn’t matter which country you came from, it time of such acts we are going to stand together and we pray to God for justice,” he said.
Father Joseph Nugent of St. Agnes Church in Brooklyn said they wanted to pray with one voice to one God.
“A God of love, a God of peace, a God who wants us to live as brothers and sisters and who wants us to put all the terrorism and violence abuse aside,” Nugent said.
Pastor Glen Bembry, of the Trinity Baptist Church, of Brooklyn, was one of the hundreds walking with a candle.
“It’s scary, it’s frightening, “Bembry said. “But we pulled through 9/11, we will pull through this one also — united.”
In Manhattan, hundreds attended mass at St. Patricks Cathedral, lending their support to the country, and prayed in French.
Jean Luc Fournier said the prayers helped give him strength while he’s away from his home in France on a work trip in the United States. Fournier was in Paris on Friday.
“She saw the terrorist and the shooting,” Fournier said of his friend, who was in one of the cafes that was targeted.
Pierre Galbois left Paris for New York City early last week, and worried for his family thousands of miles away.
“I was lucky because my daughter who was out of Paris on Friday she usually goes out in bars and restaurants,” Galbois said,
French-Americans living in the city held a candlelight vigil and rally in the Flatiron District. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney joined members of the French Heritage socierty at the event. There was also a rally held at Bennett Park on the Upper East side, as well as in the Bronx.