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Vigils held in New Hampshire to remember victims of France terror attacks

November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015
By Mike Cronin

College Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

WMUR-TV News coverage Sunday, Nov. 16. Saint Anselm College's Father Matthew Leavy spoke with WMUR during the vigil.

The deadly attacks in Paris hit close to home for many in New Hampshire, and several vigils were held Sunday to remember the victims and pray for peace. A vigil was held Sunday afternoon at Nashua's Le Parc De Notre Renaissance Francaise, which translates to is the Park of our French Renewal. (Excerpts from this report follow.)

On Sunday night, students gathered in thought and prayer at Saint Anselm College.

"People appreciate a common celebration to both reflect together and but also to turn to God, to turn to the higher power," said Father Matthew Leavy, a retired abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey.

More than 100 students came together for a candlelight vigil on campus to remember the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

At the school's Sunday night mass, the horrific events in Paris weighed heavily on people's minds.

"The care and compassion for those we have that have been harmed. That's what I've been trying to emphasize," said Leavy.

President Obama ordered all American flags to fly at half-staff on Monday.

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