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A warm welcome to Bavaria’s ice new church
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A Catholic priest walks inside a church made of ice in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut, near the German-Czech border. The church is likely to become a tourist attraction until the spring.
Bishop’s appeal after Indian student killing
By Ben Glaze and Lee Siggs
A bishop has called for people to pray for the causes of the emptiness which led to the killing of an Indian student on Boxing Day.
The Bishop of Salford, Terence Brain, said the killing of Anuj Bidve was “a dreadful tragedy made more so in that it happened within the celebration of Christmas”. Mr Bidve died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head as he walked along Ordsall Lane in Salford.
Earlier this week, hundreds of people held a candle-lit vigil at the site where Mr Bidve was killed.
Friends of the 23-year-old joined members of the local community for the event.
Bishop Brain said: “A young man’s life was stolen when we were all rejoicing at the gift from God of the birth of the Christ child. We offer our prayers and condolences to the
Bidve family, and pray that the Lord who comes to us at Christmas welcomes him into eternal life.”
The bishop added that the killing was “a dreadful tragedy in that it was apparently so random and motiveless; how empty must be the life of the person who stole Anuj’s life? That too is a dreadful tragedy and we must pray about the causes of such emptiness”.
At the vigil, held at the spot which days ago had still been a crime-scene, a Hindu priest sang prayers and read out aloud a message in tribute to Mr Bidve, from the victim’s family in India.
A lamppost, festooned with fresh floral tributes became the spot for an impromptu shrine, with an arc of light growing ever larger as members of the public waited in turn to place candles around a framed photo of Mr Bidve.
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