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 www.facebook.com/groups/yorkshirecoronavirusThe 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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