Hundreds of people have laid flowers and candles at Oslo Cathedral to remember those who died during Friday’s tragedies.
The King and Queen were among the guests as many attended the Sunday morning services to remember those who tragically passed away in the last 48 hours. One more person shot on Utøya, 50km away from the capital, died today, bringing the total toll to 93. A further 97 were wounded.
Security was high as police officers checked every visitor, searching for anything suspicious.
“Today we are mourning. Today we want to stop and remember those who died,” said PM Jens Stoltenberg.
“Soon we will be given the names and pictures of those who have died, and then the size and scale of this cruelty will become apparent. This will be a new trial for us, but we will manage that one as well. In the middle of all this tragedy I am proud to live in a country that is able to stand at such a critical moment, to stand together.”
“It is almost more gruesome because it says more about how complicated the topic of immigration and inter-religious interaction can be, how important it is that... we see that we are a small and privileged people,” Priest Britt Aanes, 42, says during the ceremony.
“We must open our eyes and not simply think that we can keep all this wealth to ourselves,”
Churches from across the world have offered their commiserations to the victims. The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI condemns the happenings saying he renounces the “logic of evil” and urges people to pray for the dead.
Flowers have been laid near the Norwegian Church in Cardiff, United Kingdom, where Roald Dahl was christened. The Norwegian flag there was at half-mast.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg’s speech in English from the government’s website can be found here (external link).
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