‘Pray for men of violence too’ says Church of Ireland cleric

Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John Mann
Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John Mann

The dean of St Anne’s Cathedral has said Anglicans will pray not only for the victims of violence, but for perpetrators too.

Candles have been lit in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Belfast for the victims of the Manchester massacre, and members of the public are invited to come and pray and light a candle over the next few days.

Dean John Mann said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that we awoke this morning to the news from Manchester. So many lives lost and injured, the likelihood being that many are children.

“Our hearts go out to all the families involved and our prayers are with them today, and will be in the coming days as this devastating attack brings such sorrow to so many.”

He added: “As we pray daily for the evil of this world to be abated and human beings of all races, nations, creeds and religions to find the common goals of peace and justice, we pray for the perpetrators of violence, that their hearts may be turned to healing and building up and life, rather than destruction and death.”