The death toll after a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK yesterday has risen to 22, with over 50 people injured.
Police do not yet know who the perpetrator of the attack was, but it is being investigated as a suicide attack and an act of terrorism. Police have one man in custody.
In the wake of this horrific incident which is being mourned around the world, Christian leaders spoke out.
Evangelist Franklin Graham tweeted:
Join me in praying for the families of the 19 killed and the more than 50 people injured in the #Manchester bombing.— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) May 23, 2017
Christian author and speaker Eric Metaxas retweeted a post from Anne Carlson Kennedy about praying for the victims of the Manchester attack, accompanied by an article on the difference of thoughts versus prayers:
Anthony Bradley, a professor of theology and religion studies at The King's College tweeted:
Really sad news. https://t.co/5wCVHZcPxd— Anthony Bradley (@drantbradley) May 23, 2017
Pastor Eugene Cho tweeted:
Heartbroken. Praying for Manchester & the UK. For those mourning loved ones. For those injured and fighting for life. Lord, in your mercy.— Eugene Cho (@EugeneCho) May 23, 2017
Christian author Trillia Newbell retweeted Pastor Cho's sentiments, saying she, too, was praying.
Same...so sad. Praying for the UK and for families to be reunited after the explosion. https://t.co/0fajDm1AnQ— Trillia Newbell (@trillianewbell) May 23, 2017
Christian author and blogger Sarah Bessey, who is from the UK, tweeted:
Heartsick for #Manchester. Prayers for all of the victims and their loved ones. 🇬🇧— Sarah Bessey (@sarahbessey) May 23, 2017
Christian author Ed Cyzewski tweeted:
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse expressed Americans' solidarity with Brits in this time of mourning:
Cowards who kill innocent children are enemies of free & decent people around the world. Tonight Americans mourn with our British allies.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) May 23, 2017
The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May, who identifies as a Christian issued a statement following the attack. “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said. “All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
Photo: Police avacuate the Arndale Centre on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.
Photo courtesy: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Publication date: May 23, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.