07 July 2015, The Tablet

Archbishop of Canterbury remembers victims of 7/7 bombings

by Barto Joly de Lotbiniere

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, commemorated victims of terrorism past and present in an address to mark the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings.

Referencing the recent beach shooting in Tunisia, in which at least 29 Britons were killed, he said: “Today, the survivors and families of the 7/7 London attacks continue the journey that those of Tunisia have just begun… We hold them all before God and our spirits call out to Christ to strengthen them."  

In a statement on Wednesday Archbishop Welby highlighted local community projects such as the Presence and Engagement Network and Near Neighbours, commending their capacity for taking a constructive approach to the tragedy.

He also praised their commitment to “living together honestly and courageously, respecting each other’s right to live and worship freely.”

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, speaking at a service in St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday, also reminded the congregation about the benefits of unity and mutual co-operation between different religions.

He said: “We stand united in our determination to resist and overcome the evil of terrorism. We belong to different faith traditions but we share a common grief at the suffering which has been inflicted on so many of our fellow men and women, here and abroad.”

A minute's silence was observed across Britain today to commemorate the 52 victims of the terrorist bombings in London a decade ago, when three bombs were detonated on tube trains during the morning rush hour, with a fourth detonated on a bus in central London an hour later.

Commuters took to social media to post their own memorials. Many took photographs of themselves walking to the last stop on their commute with the hashtag #walktogether, in honour of those who lost their lives on the 7 July 2005.

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