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The Bishop of Southwark appeals for calm

9 Aug 2011

Diocesan Director of Communications

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The Bishop of Southwark and Bishop for Urban Life and Faith, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, said:   "The images of violence and destruction on our screens do not represent the strong, hopeful and vibrant communities I know so well. I want to appeal to those responsible for the disturbances to stop."  

He went on to say "Today, as many in our Diocese count the cost of the disturbances, I am deeply saddened to see the images of destruction in familiar places. I will in the days ahead visit those communities that have been at the centre of trouble and I continue to promise my support for, and solidarity with, all who seek to build positive and constructive engagement.  

The Christian message is one of hope, love and peace and I know that the churches of Southwark Diocese stand ready to play their part in bringing healing and hope to the places they serve. I am asking them to offer special prayers for the healing and peace of our cities when they gather for worship this Sunday and week by week, remembering especially those who have been personally affected and have lost homes and livelihoods.  

Southwark Cathedral, along with many other churches in the Diocese, remains open as a place of prayer and reflection."

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