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Clergy praise the ‘heroism’ of Manchester as city comes together

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Clergy praise the ‘heroism’ of Manchester as city comes together

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, praised the ‘heroism’ of Manchester in reaction to as stories emerged of local people offering help and accommodation to many of those caught up in the aftermath of Monday night’s terror attack.

The Archbishop released his first reaction on his Twitter account: “Heroic Manchester, dark evil cannot overcome it. We pray for those in sorrow on the hard journey of loss & pain, & for those who protect us.”

The Anglican Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, also tweeted calling for prayer: “Please hold the people of #Manchester in your prayers. We’ve faced terror attacks before and this latest won’t defeat us.”

The Bishop of Burnley, Philip North expressed his horror: “An attack so deliberately attacking young people is revolting, horrific, beyond barbaric. Prayers and thoughts for all involved #Manchester”

The hashtag #PrayforManchester was also taken up by a range of church leaders, opinion formers and pop stars.