Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged Londoners to use their anger as a “force for good” in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The cardinal was speaking at a Mass for all those affected at St Pius X church in North Kensington, located less than a mile away. He told those gathered: “Anger is energy. And the energy has to be directed in the right way. Anger can be a force for good or it can be a force that separates us and divides us. Some people want to see that.

“But we must be so clear that the anger becomes a source of determination, that we hold together [and] slowly build a society [where there is] deep respect for each other and each other’s beliefs.”

Police said on Monday that at least 79 people were thought to have died in the fire last week.

Protesters stormed the offices of Kensington and Chelsea borough council amid accusations that the council had ignored safety warnings. Hundreds of demonstrators also marched on Whitehall.

Cardinal Nichols told Sky News: “I can understand how people are angry. I think we should find out what happens through an inquiry, They are there to bring forward facts in a cool and clear way.”

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