Bishops speak of 'heart-warming' response to coronavirus challenges

Religious leaders across the region have spoken of the “heart-warming” response to the challenges of our new lockdown lfe.

The Bishop of Ripon, Dr Helen-Ann Hartley said: “The COVID-19 crisis has been tough for each and every person, with our lives disrupted or even put on hold. It has been inspiring to see the amazing community response.

“At a very local level, in the village I live in, it's heart-warming to see neighbours looking out for one another in very practical ways, and the daily friendly waves across the street to check-in and ask how we are doing. “

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She also paid tribute to the staff at The Yorkshire Post for “keeping news flowing” and looking out for the particular challenges of our large and diverse region.

Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, the Bishop of Ripon

Join our new coronavirus Facebook group for the latest confirmed news and advice as soon as we get it Bishop of Leeds, Rev Nicholas Baines said: “What we are seeing is that when people are under pressure the real stuff squeezes out. So many people are caring for the needs and well-being of their neighbours and community, and in the most creative ways. Long may it continue.

“Our common humanity in the face of a common crisis drives our common commitment.”

Their words come as the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu praised the “tremendous sacrificial work” of volunteers across the region.


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