SACRAMENTO, CA - During an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, local spiritual leaders led a service of blessing for the Quran.
The service was in response to the previously planned burning of Qurans at a church in Florida. The pastor behind the plan, which trigggered widespread condemnation, canceled the burning.
The Saturday evening service featured readings from Hebrew, Christian and Muslim holy writings. Several dozen people placed roses on the Quran, in front of the main doors to the cathedral. Upon placing their roses, people said before the crowd, "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me."
"The majority of people don't want other people's holy objects to be desecrated," said Father Anthony Garibaldi of St. Francis Parish in Sacramento. "As a Christian, we don't wanna do anything that we ourselves wouldn't want. I wouldn't want anybody desecrating the Bible."
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