Church bells around the world toll for civilian casualties in Aleppo
- Oil steadies on doubts output cut will end global glut
- Western Digital (WDC) Raises Q2 Outlook
- Dollar edges up vs yen as traders eye ECB meeting for cues
- Foxconn says in preliminary discussions to expand U.S. operations
- Dave & Buster's Entertainment (PLAY) Tops Q3 EPS by 11c, Raises FY Revenue Guidance
Kallio church is pictured in Helsinki, Finland, October 20, 2016. Picture taken October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jussi Rosendahl
Get the Pulse of the Market with StreetInsider.com's Pulse Picks. Get your Free Trial here.
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Churches across the world are joining a Helsinki parish in ringing their bells daily to commemorate civilians killed in the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo.
The bell tolls started on Oct. 12 at the Lutheran parish of Kallio in Helsinki, following the intensified Russian and Syrian bombing of besieged rebel-held parts of Aleppo.
"After reading the news that day, of Aleppo, we decided to ring funeral bells at 5 p.m. to remember the death. First I just asked a few local churches to join us," Teemu Laajasalo, vicar of the Kallio parish told Reuters.
Soon hundreds of churches nationwide, and across Europe, joined in, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland set up a "Bells for Aleppo" website to list the participants.
According to the site, more than 500 churches from 20 countries, including Britain, United States and Australia, have signed up. The bells will continue to ring daily until October 24, the United Nations Day.
"We all see the devastating events in Aleppo, but at the same time feel powerless to help, because of the complexity of the situation. With the bells, we want to make our voices heard, and give hope for better future," Laajasalo said.
In Finnish churches, funeral bells are traditionally tolled when the body is carried out of the church after the service.
Last time that churches around the country joined to ring bells was at the funeral of Finland's former president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen in 1986.
(Reporting by Tuomas Forsell, editing by Jussi Rosendahl and Dominic Evans)
Serious News for Serious Traders! Try StreetInsider.com Premium Free!
You May Also Be Interested In
- How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war
- Brazil's inflation seen easing to 7 percent in November
- Nobel laureate says Trump policies may lead to budget problems
Create E-mail Alert Related CategoriesReuters
Sign up for StreetInsider Free!
Receive full access to all new and archived articles, unlimited portfolio tracking, e-mail alerts, custom newswires and RSS feeds - and more!