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Statement – Manchester MEN Arena Attack

A joint statement released by the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle and the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, the Bishop of Penrith:

“Last night’s attack on those people attending a concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena was truly terrible. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and their families. Together we pray that these people receive all the necessary support in the coming weeks and months.

We give thanks for the wonderful actions of all the emergency service personnel who once again demonstrated tremendous professionalism and care, attending to all those people who were affected.

Such an attack is motivated by a desire to create fear, division and hatred. As communities we should respond by demonstrating measured reflection and an outpouring of love and compassion for all those caught up in last night’s incident.

We know that church communities across Cumbria will be holding those injured and bereaved in their prayers today and over the coming days.

People will also have further opportunity to draw together for reflection during a minute’s silence at the Greenmarket Cross in Carlisle at 12 noon today which will include representation from the city’s interfaith forum. Carlisle Cathedral will also provide a place of prayer.”

The Rt Rev’d James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle
The Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, the Bishop of Penrith


For further information contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at

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