United in prayer is what I will be taking forward this sad day. As a mark of respect to all caught up in this tragic event I feel it is important that all of us at Caritas Diocese of Salford do what we would normally have done today, and even do a little more. In solidarity with the children, young people and families caught up in this very sad day we will show our unity as a community here by doing what we all do best. I am particularly grateful and appreciate the work of all our Caritas Schools Social Work teams here in Manchester and throughout the country who will be there for young people today. We remain united in prayer and in solidarity with all who are suffering. Our prayer, here in the Diocese of Salford is ‘Stay with us Lord on our journey’.
The Statement of Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford is most welcome:
“The citizens of Manchester and the members of the Catholic community are united in condemning the attack on the crowds at the Manchester Arena. Such an attack can have no justification.
I thank the emergency services for their prompt and speedy response which saved lives. We join in prayer for all those who have died and for the injured and their families and all affected by this tragedy. We must all commit ourselves to working together, in every way, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity.”