Bishop John urges support for those working against terror

Bishop John has urged people to stand alongside and support all those who work so hard to address and neutralise “the ongoing violence, terror and disruption which those who hold extreme and perverse views perpetrate upon the innocent” after last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester.

“In many places, both across the United Kingdom and here in Wales, people are rightly expressing their sense of outrage at the latest terrorist atrocity in Manchester. This has claimed the lives of children and adults, and inflicted life-changing injuries, both physical and psychological, on many who were caught up in the attack itself. It will also have undoubtedly affected others who either witnessed it or who, whether from the emergency services or as passers-by, sought to help the injured and tend to the dead,” he said.

“As Christians, we must express our sorrow and love both for all those directly affected by this shameful attack and for those who are dealing with its complex personal and community aftermath.

“We must also stand alongside and unreservedly support all those who work so hard to address and neutralise the ongoing violence, terror and disruption which those who hold extreme and perverse views perpetrate upon the innocent.

“To all of those who give of themselves for the good of others and who, in doing so, demonstrate the most admirable and loving Christ-like qualities of human nature, rather than the barbaric and hateful qualities of those who wish others harm, we can only express our gratitude, our admiration and our love.”