YCW England and Wales would like to express its sorrow at the horrific bombing in Manchester last night. We send our condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and keep in our prayers all those who have died and those who are injured.
Whilst any attack like this is appalling, it is all the more shocking to see so many children and young people targeted in such as cruel way.
Within the YCW we regularly discuss the need for young people to have a meaningful and pleasant social life. It is an essential part of growing up and developing ourselves as active members of society.
These young people were simply enjoying their lives, their friendships, their families.
In response, The Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, has said that: “We must all commit to working together, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity.”
Cardinal Nichols has added: “May God grant strength and enduring faith to all who are bereaved, injured and traumatised. May God welcome into His merciful presence all who have died. May God turn the hearts of all who commit evil to a true understanding of His desire and intention for humanity.”
At this painful time, please take the time to comfort our young people and their families in love and prayer.