Safety in the Pews

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Doors remain open in area churches despite the recent attacks on two faith leaders late Wednesday night.

Catholic and Protestant churches maintain that the "House of God" should be available for parishioners for prayer and solace.

Local priests say the answer to the violence isn’t to shut the community out, but to continue to welcome new faces with open arms.

“We want to be open for people to come and encounter the risen Lord, we also need to protect the people who come, the people who are here, and the gifts that people give, and that's a balancing,” says Fr. Farley of Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Father Farley says that the welcoming spirit of the parish serves as good protection against harm.

Parishioners and the clergy are quick to recognize unfamiliar faces and welcome them into the assembly.

Incidents like those in phoenix are unfortunate, but he says you've got to have faith and leave your care in the Hands of God.

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