Diocesan press releases

Bishop Andy comments on Manchester attacks

Version 2The Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, has this morning reacted to the sad events in Manchester last night (22.5.2017).

“Like the thousands of people at Ariana Grande’s concert, I have enjoyed similar events at large venues. I cannot imagine how it feels to have such a good night savaged by such a senseless act. Realising that lives – and young lives – have been lost is awful.

I can only pray that God’s comforting Spirit will be with those who find themselves mourning their loved ones, and that God will bring healing to those  in hospital, and all others who have been affected.

I can only admire the work of the emergency and medical services at times like this, and am truly heartened by the response of local people in Manchester who went out of their way to help others.

Jesus’ words from the Cross – ‘Father, forgive’ – are challenging this morning. I am praying that the cold hearts which were behind this violence can come to see the foolishness of their unnecessary actions.

However, our response as Christian people must be to stand together against violence by sharing the love and peace which Jesus gives us : loving one another as he loves us.”