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Quotes of the week

26 May 2023


Everyone agrees the status quo position on asylum fails. Those that arrive use dangerous means and face chaotic, ineffective treatment at tremendous cost, which creates discontent among those in the UK who feel their generosity is being exploited. We need a new approach that loves mercy and does justice, to use words from scripture

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, The Times, 24 May


No nurse wants to go on strike. But the fact they have been pushed to do so in record numbers indicates the sheer scale of the crisis unfolding in our NHS. Patients are not dying because nurses are striking — nurses are striking because patients are dying

Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, and Pat Cullen, general secretary and chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, The Times, 22 May


Six years on from that dreadful night, we now have a physical memorial in the Glade of Light. But the true monument we are building for the Manchester Arena attack victims and survivors is the unity of our amazing diverse city

David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, Twitter, 22 May


While we pray, and invite others to pray, for our sisters and brothers in Sudan, we also appeal to policy makers and those in authority to do all they can to restore order and the rule of law that ensures the safety of every person, and restores a sense of peace to a country now torn apart by war and conflict

The Coptic Orthodox Archbishop Angaelos of London, statement, 22 May


It was rather strange looking out into the pews: modern, pine furniture in the foreground, more noble stone versions towards the back. A Norman font sat at the back of the church, which is a remarkable and somewhat surreal thing to spend the night with. There wasn’t, really, much to do, but reading sermons was certainly a more memorable way to spend the evening than watching Netflix and eating nuts from the mini bar

Sophie Dickinson, article on sleeping over in St James’s, Cooling, The Daily Telegraph, 22 May


Blessed by a train trip full of the kindness of strangers. People giving up seats, carrying another’s luggage, friendliness. 4 Ukrainians asking how to spend their one day in London & we erupted with enthusiastic sightseeing tips & scribbled maps. It can easily be done

Ruth Bushyager, Bishop of Horsham, Twitter, 23 May


Before bed every night I’ve always said my prayers. There is no God, nobody’s listening, but it’s a habit and, besides, a regular stock-take is helpful

Matthew Parris, The Times, 24 May


BCP ordination klaxon, this is not a drill!

Dr Francis Young, historian, Twitter, 14 May, on hearing a deacon had been ordained at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, using the BCP


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