(Vatican Radio) A statement signed by the Anglican Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, and representatives of the Muslim community in Salisbury, has been released in response to the attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May.
The statement denounces the attack in strong language: “We utterly condemn this evil act which is intended to cause an increase in fear, hatred and division in our country and its communities.” Bishop Holtam, along with Rashid Ullah, the Chair of the Muslim Association of Salisbury and Atiqul Hoque, also of the Muslim Association of Salisbury, say in the statement that they “commit [themselves] to reject absolutely this violence and hatred and the motivation that lies behind it.”
The full text of the statement follows:
“The murderous attack on innocent young people that we have seen in Manchester last night fills us with horror. We utterly condemn this evil act which is intended to cause an increase in fear, hatred and division in our country and its communities.
“We offer our deep condolences to all who have suffered bereavement, injury and trauma and we pray for their healing in body and mind.
“We commit ourselves to reject absolutely this violence and hatred and the motivation that lies behind it, and we call upon all people to do the same daily by words and actions of love, compassion and reconciliation.”
The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury
Rashid Ullah, Chair, Muslim Association of Salisbury
Atiqul Hoque, Muslim Association of Salisbury