The Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Revd Christopher Lowson, said: “I and the whole Diocese have been shocked and appalled at the news of the terrorist shooting in New Zealand where many people have been killed or injured. 

“Our hearts and our prayers go out to those who died, were injured, or who witnessed this barbaric act, and to all their families, friends and fellow members of the Christchurch community.  The whole Diocese of Lincoln offers prayers for the people of New Zealand as they try and come to terms with this senseless and outrageous act of terrorism. 

"To kill people of faith whilst they quietly pray is heart-breaking and utterly appalling. We ask people of all faiths to come together to show love and tolerance to one another as Jesus asked us to love our neighbour.

"The Diocese of Lincoln stands in solidarity with the diocese of Polynesia, its link diocese on climate change, and now in the depths of unfathomable tragedy."