Bishops attack Manchester bombing as “barbaric beyond words or belief.”

Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson (right) and the Bishop of Burnley Philip North
Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson (right) and the Bishop of Burnley Philip North
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Anglican bishops in Lancashire have issued a joint statement today condemning the bombing at the Manchester Arena.

The Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster and the Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, spoke of their shock at the terrorist outrage.

“We are shocked and appalled by the news of the attack at the Manchester Arena,” said the joint statement.

“To target an event attended by so many children and young people is barbaric beyond words or belief.

“Our thoughts at this time are with all the victims and most especially those who are unsure about the whereabouts or safety of their loved ones.

“Many of the Churches of Lancashire are about to enter a time of prayer for our nation under the title, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

“We therefore commit ourselves to deep and heartfelt prayer for all caught up in this terrible incident.

“We will not only pray that the Kingdom values of justice, love and peace might transform the hearts of all who would sow hatred and fear, but will also commit ourselves afresh to action to building a world that reflects those values.

“People from parishes across Lancashire will be coming to Blackburn Cathedral tomorrow evening, May 24, at 7.30pm for our ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ beacon launch event.

“We will now make time during this service to offer prayers for the victims of the Manchester attack and anyone who wishes to join us as we offer these prayers is welcome to do so.”