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Greater Manchester Faith Leaders back Bishop's call to pray for Israel and Gaza

First published on: 9th October 2023

The Rt Revd Prof David Walker, Bishop of Manchester made this statement today:


"The horrific scenes broadcast over the weekend, following the Hamas attacks, must grieve us all. To us in Manchester, only six years on from the terrorist atrocity at the Arena, the scenes of carnage wreaked among those attending a music festival are particularly heart-rending. Many of those whose lives have been taken, or who have been maimed or taken hostage over these dreadful days, will be known to people here in Manchester, some may be our family members and friends.

"Our prayers are with all those plunged into grief or fear today. As in May 2017, this is a time to draw together in the face of atrocity, to unite against those who would divide us, and to model in Manchester the love that transcends our diverse histories and heritage."


Endorsed by the following Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders:

Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, Catholic Church of England and Wales

Major David Taylor, Divisional Commander, Greater Manchester, Salvation Army

Bishop Theophilus Akano, Bishop, North Manchester, under Apostolic Pastoral Congress;  Principal/Rector of Rhema Bible Institute UK

Rabbi Reuven Silverman, Rabbi Emeritus, Manchester Reform Congregation (Reform Judaism) 

Mr Rabnawaz Akbar, Welfare Officer, Manchester Council Of Mosques

Mrs Nilofar Siddiqi, Sufi Muslim representative, Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders

Professor Nawal Prinja, VOICE, Education project in the Hindu community

Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester

Ms Nidhi Sinha, Founder, Sangha (Connecting People, Building Community)  - Hindu Community

Dr Saraswati Sinha, chairperson of  SGMT and committee member of Indian Senior Citizens' Centre

Dr Kaushik Chakraborty, chair, Altrincham Inter Faith Group, and World Council of Hindus (VHPUK), Manchester branch

Mr Jagtar Singh Ajimal, General Secretary, Indian Association Manchester (Sikh Community)

Rabbi Warren Elf M.B.E., Faith Network 4 Manchester, and Co-chair of GMCA Faith and Belief Advisory Panel

Ms Jill Brennan, Buddhist Community, Co-chair GMCA Faith and Belief Advisory Panel

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