Faith groups respond to Westminster attacks

By staff writers
March 23, 2017

Following the attack in Westminster yesterday (22 March 2017) in which four people, including the attacker, died and 40 were injured, several faith communities have issued statements or comments from their leaders.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the incident as "brutal and senseless",saying he was praying "for those grieving loved ones – and those injured and traumatised", while Cardinal Vincent Nichols said "I think first of the families of the people who have lost their lives. I pray for the dead and I pray for those who will mourn their loss very deeply."

A statement from  Muslim Council of Britain reads: "We are shocked and saddened by the incident at Westminster. We condemn this attack and while it is still too early to speculate on the motives, our thoughts and prayers are for the victims and those affected. We pay tribute too to the police and emergency services who handled this with bravery. The Palace of Westminster is the centre of our democracy and we must all ensure that it continues to serve our country and its people with safety and security."

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the  Rev Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard,  have responded saying: "We ask all Methodists to join us in prayer as we unite with others across the UK in the wake of today's attack at Westminster.

"We pray for those who were attacked and their families, for the emergency services who responded so quickly and for the whole country at this time."

Paul Parker, Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain.said: "As Quakers throughout Britain, our thoughts are with all those touched by today's violent events in Westminster. For Quakers all human life is precious, we deplore all killing. Our prayers are with the injured, their families, and all those involved in this tragic incident."

The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis said: “Today’s attack, which targeted the very heart of our democracy in Westminster, will serve only to unite us against the scourge of violence and terrorism.

“The prayers of the Jewish community are with the families of the victims and with our security services, who so often selflessly place themselves in harm’s way for our protection."

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