Bishop of Ripon rallies city to help most in need

Bishop Packer said the church must identify those in the greatest need.

Bishop Packer said the church must identify those in the greatest need.

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The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Rev John Packer, said the church must do more to help people in need at his Maundy Thursday service at Ripon Cathedral on March 28.

At the annual service, the Bishop said the church must work to identify those in greatest need if it is to be faithful to the Bible.

He said the “Good News for the Poor” which Jesus spoke about must be demonstrated in concrete ways such as protecting children’s heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

“Good News for the Poor will be demonstrated in the care and welcome we show for those who need help, whether with debt, those who are homeless on our streets, those children with heart disease threatened by the removal of their care in Yorkshire.

“It will be shown in our world-wide concern,” said Bishop Packer.

Speaking about the proposal to form a super-diocese and merge the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds with Wakefield and Bradford, which are currently awaiting the Archbishop of York’s decision, the Bishop said: “If there is a new diocese that will be judged by our seizing of the challenges to demonstrate and model Good News for the Poor which is at the heart of Jesus’s proclamation of the Kingdom of God.”