Voices around the world are calling for prayer in the wake of the ISIS-inspired violence at a concert Monday night in Great Britain, in which 22 people lost their lives.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killings and the injuries to more than 59 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, after an alleged lone bomber detonated an explosive device.
“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers,” said the president.
“We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers,” Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, tweeted.
The 23-year-old American singer also tweeted a message about the terrorist attack that took place after she left the stage.
“Broken,” Grande tweeted. “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
Fellow singers tweeted their thoughts and prayers.
“My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight,” Taylor Swift tweeted. “I’m sending all my love.”
“My heart breaks for everyone who endured the terrifying attack at Ariana Grande’s show in Manchester,” Paula Abdul tweeted. “I’m praying for everyone there…”
“Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives … praying for everyone and all #arianators,” tweeted Demi Lovato.
“Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande’s show,” wrote Katy Perry.
Republic Records, Grande’s label, issued a statement and prayer:
Faith leaders wrote their prayers as well.
“The citizens of Manchester and members of the Catholic community are united in condemning the attack on the crowds at the Arena. Such an attack can have no justification,” local Manchester Roman Catholic Bishop John Arnold said.
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“We join in prayer for all those who have died and for the injured and their families and all affected by this tragedy,” Arnold said.
“Islam targets the weak,” evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham wrote in a Facebook post. “Let’s continue to pray for the injured victims and the families who have lost loved ones dear to them. Pray also that God would give wisdom to our leaders in combating this and the courage to identify what it is by name — Islamic terrorism, as President Donald J. Trump has done. Islam is a threat to our very way of life.”
Graham called for more and better border security in our country.
“There will be more stabbings, more shootings, more bombings, and more killing,” Graham wrote. “Our U.S. politicians need to wake up and see the dangers.”
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President Trump, while on his first foreign trip as president, condemned the terrorist action in Manchester.
“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers,” Trump said while in Bethlehem standing next to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term — they would think that is a great name.”
“I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are: losers,” Trump said.