LONDON - England's most senior cleric on Thursday gave his first reaction to riots across the country, saying the government's stated priority of building stronger communities was now a matter of urgency.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the violence would "intensify the cycle of deprivation and vulnerability" in Britain, in a statement emailed to Reuters.
"The government has insisted on the priority of creating stronger, better-resourced local communities. This priority is now a matter of extreme urgency. We need to see initiatives that will address anxieties and provide some hope of long-term stability in community services, especially for the young," he wrote.