Bishop of Portsmouth ‘sickened’ by Paris terror attacks

The Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Rev Christopher Foster
The Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Rev Christopher Foster
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THE Bishop of Portsmouth has condemned the Paris atrocities that have left 129 people dead.

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster said he has prayed for the victims of the seven co-ordinated terror attacks that rocked the French capital on Friday evening.

And he said it’s an even greater reason why the UK should not shut its borders to asylum seekers and pour out support to desperate communities.

He said: ‘I was sickened to hear of the tragic events in Paris, the latest in a long line of terrorist attacks around the world.

‘I was chairing our Diocesan Synod (local church parliament) on Saturday and we paused beforehand to pray for the victims, those who mourn for them, the injured, and those left anxious and fearful in Paris. Our churches will also have been praying along similar lines during services yesterday.

‘We want to show solidarity with all those innocent people caught up in these horrific events.

‘Few of us can imagine the devastating, long-term effects of this brutality on the families involved.

‘We also want to challenge the view that suggests we should therefore close our borders to refugees and asylum seekers.

‘This kind of brutality can be an everyday occurrence in many countries today. It is precisely these kind of random acts of terror that so many of them are running away from.’

A minute’s silence will be paid at 11am in the UK to the 129 people killed in the attacks.

It comes as Portsmouth showed its outpouring of sympathy and unity as thousands attended this weekend’s Pompey match and took part in a minute’s silence to remember the 129 people killed in the atrocities.