UK Church leaders call for prayers after weekend security threats

 Following the foiled bomb attacks in London on Friday and the car bomb attack on Glasgow Airport on Saturday there were prayers in churches across the UK. Bishop Philip Tartaglia, the Bishop of Paisley in whose diocese Glasgow Airport is situated, issued the following statement yesterday from Lourdes in France where he is on a Diocesan pilgrimage. Bishop Philip said: "I am deeply saddened at the news of the attack on Glasgow Airport. I commend the swift action of the police and security staff on the scene and welcome the fact that injury to passengers and airport employees was avoided." He added " My prayers are with all the staff as they return to work over the next few days and with the passengers who will use the terminal as the building reopens. The Diocese of Paisley will be glad to assist the airport operator in any way possible in the weeks and months ahead." The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, said: "Today security levels in our country are at their highest level. In this situation I remind Catholics of our custom of praying for a safe journey. I encourage Catholics and people of other faiths to ask God's special protection for all who travel." Archbishop Nichols added: "I also ask people to be particularly vigilant for the safety of all around them." Sources: SCMO/Archdiocese of Birmingham

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