Diocese of Manchester

    Bishop visits Mosque and hospital in Bolton

    Day three of the Bishop of Bolton’s prayer pilgrimage began in the town centre of Bolton. With great sadness the bishop reflected on the many tributes laid in memory of the victims of the Manchester bombing. In the Market Hall and on the streets, conversations with shoppers raised some challenging questions about God and prayer.

    More challenging questions followed in a live radio interview with presenters, Robert Hodson and Abi Idowu, at Bolton FM. The Manchester bombing was very much the topic of conversation. The Bishop shared some wisdom about appropriate responses from communities, individuals, faith and civic leaders. 

    From the town centre Bishop Mark walked to the Makka Mosque where he was greeted warmly by the leaders. Friendly discussions about prayer, justice and peace followed. There was a great deal of goodwill and kindness between members of the Mosque and the bishop.

    At Bolton Royal Hospital Bishop Mark met privately with members of staff who had cared for victims of the Manchester bombing. He was able to listen to their very moving stories, share in their concerns and offer reassurances of continued prayer.

    After stopping off to pray at St James High School, Farnworth, Bishop Mark met with leaders at St John’s church, Farnworth. There was an outpouring of heartfelt prayer for medical staff and the victim’s families.

    Bishop of Bolton with staff outside school

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