As Easter prayer and song rang out through Christchurch’s symbolic Cardboard Cathedral today, the facility was flanked by several police who were watching closely outside – the new normal in a city far from it.
“The joy of our celebration of Easter today is tempered by the fact as we came into the cathedral this morning we would have noticed police cars parked on Latimer Square, the police being concerned for all sorts of gatherings in our city post the mosque massacres,” Anglican Bishop Peter Carrell told worshippers inside.
“Terrorism has no religion, because no religion has violence as part of its core creed.”
Police told 1 NEWS they’re still operating in a high state of vigilance and had a presence at many potential risk sites around the city and country today as Easter celebrations took place.
While there was no specific threat made at the cathedral, police say they will continue to have a strong presence at places of worship like churches, synagogues and mosques nationwide.
The Deans Avenue mosque remains under armed guard. But there’s new life for the now famous flower wall, growing once again after the sea of thousands of floral tributes to remember the victims was removed.
The country’s terror threat level was downgraded to medium last week, but police continue to urge anyone at large events to report anything suspicious.