Europe Area President Expresses Condolences to Victims of Manchester Explosion

Contributed By Rachel Sterzer, Church News staff writer

  • 23 May 2017

Elder Patrick Kearon, General Authority Seventy and President of the Europe Area, expressed his condolences to the victims of the bombing in Manchester, England.

More than 20 people were killed and dozens more injured during an explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22, in Britain’s deadliest terrorist attack since 2005.

A suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb near the venue’s exits Monday night as a concert of artist Ariana Grande was ending. The American pop star’s concerts attract crowds of young people.

On Tuesday morning, Elder Patrick Kearon, General Authority Seventy and President of the Europe Area, issued the following statement:

“Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we hear of the devastating violence in Manchester, where young people and their parents had gathered to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to those who are suffering as a result of these tragic events. May the love of God and of decent people—demonstrated by spontaneous acts of kindness towards victims—heal hearts and provide comfort.”

The Church has more than 330 congregations throughout the United Kingdom, with six missions and two temples.