Manchester Bishop: There is 'no justification' for horrific attack

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2017

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, said: "The events in Manchester last night are a wanton attack on innocent and vulnerable people. Such an attack can have no justification", Bishop Arnold said in a May 23 statement via the diocese's Twitter account.

The attack took place at an Ariana Grande a concert at Manchester Arena.

The Pope voiced his "heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence" and praised the "tremendous efforts" of the emergency responders and security, offering his prayers for the wounded and those who died.

The bishop added: "Together with church and religious leaders in Greater Manchester, I ask the prayers of your parishioners for peace and solidarity in all our communities that the hate which inspires such indiscriminate violence may be overcome by that love which faith and prayer inspires in our hearts".

Other prayer vigils are also being organised by churches around the city, including one in Fallowfield, near where police detonated a controlled explosion after arresting a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack. "May God turn the hearts of all who commit evil to a true understanding of his desire and intention for humanity".

"We are grieving today, but we are strong", Burnham said. It's being called the deadliest attack in England since the 2005 suicide bombings in London.

Just 12 hours after its launch more than £630,000 had been donated by over 25,000 supporters to the families and victims of the atrocity, which saw 22 killed and 59 injured - and donations are still pouring in. He offered his blessing to the victims and their fmilies. "I won't call them monsters, because they would like that term; they would think that's a great name". I want to say to them please do not be afraid, because God is our refuge.

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