Following Monday’s attack in Manchester, a Vigil will be held in the Cathedral Ruins for an hour from 5.15 pm on Thursday May 25th. Everyone is welcome for as long or short a time as they wish.

As well as being Ascension Day, Thursday is also, coincidentally, the 35th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Coventry during the Falklands Conflict in 1982 and the 55th anniversary of the consecration of the New Cathedral in 1962 – a day when we remember the past with sorrow but also look forward to the future with hope for healing and restoration.

The leaders of faith communities in Coventry have expressed their solidarity in response to the Manchester attack by issuing a joint statement.

The statement says:

“Our hearts rage against the assault on life at the Manchester Arena – this murder of the innocents, so many of them young. We stand with the people of Manchester, and towns and cities across the Northwest, in their grief and suffering. We pray for them.

This outbreak of evil seeks to cause fear, sow seeds of distrust between peoples and even drive communities apart. We will resist it. We will turn our rage to good.

We call on all our communities to be one community, united in resolve, showing together that the strength of human goodness overcomes the cowardice of acts of terror.

We stand together in Coventry for peace in our world and reconciliation between peoples.  As leaders of different religious traditions, we stand together in Coventry to condemn such cowardly acts that are not in any religious teaching, and for peace in our world and reconciliation between peoples.”

Joint signatories

The statement has been signed by:

  • Christopher Cocksworth     –     Bishop of Coventry
  • Abdullah Shehu     –     Chair, Coventry Muslim Forum
  • Sanjay Jagatia     –     Director/Secretary General Hindu Council UK
  • Bill Rattigan     –     Baha’i community
  • Ros Johnson     –     Jewish community
  • Mehru Fitter     –     Zoroastrian community
  • Harry Hall     –     Coventry Multi-Faith Forum
Praying for Manchester