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More pilgrims with special care needs will be able to travel to Lourdes pilgrimage this summer after an additional Jumbulance was blessed by Cardinal Nichols on 25th February. The Jumbulance, a coach-sized ambulance, will accommodate those pilgrims who are unable to fly and require constant medical care. The blessing took place after a Mass of Thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral which welcomed staff and supporters from ACROSS, the charity providing the Jumbulance who
On the eve of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Cardinal Nichols has renewed his call for refugees from the Middle East to be welcomed and accommodated in this country. In 2015 the Cardinal met with Christian and Yazidi refugees during a pastoral visit in Erbil, Iraq. Bishops from England and Wales also met with refugees from Syria and Iraq during the annual Holy Land Co-ordination visit, which went to Jordan last year. The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has been in regular contact with the government about developments in the region,
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has just sent his Christmas message for 2016 in which he expressed his wish for us all to have mercy in our our hearts and show compassion to those nearest to us.... What a wonderful time of the year, just a few days before Christmas and all of those festivities to look forward to. We have just finished the year of mercy in which I believe the church has grown greatly in its appreciation of God's mercy and of God reaching out to us that we may walk tall.
The Catholic Church today launched its latest document on prison reform as Justice Minister Liz Truss is set to unveil her strategy for improving prisons, including an additional £14million for more than 400 extra staff. Cardinal Nichols launched The Right Road at a Caritas Social Action Network reception in Parliament attended by Catholic charities, chaplains and experts working in the field as well as both MPs and Peers. It comes 12 years after the Catholic Bishops' Conference published A Place of Redemption,
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined calls for the international community to urgently address the migration crisis, as world leaders gather in New York for Monday's United Nations Summit. The UN Summit on 19 September is an opportunity for the international community to address migration related crises around the world. In Europe, over 280,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, with over 3,000 dying in the attempt. Cardinal Nichols has called for international co-operation to help create the conditions so people
Bishops and Catholic parishes have welcomed the government's launch today of a 'community sponsorship scheme' for Syrian refugees. The scheme gives parishes the chance to get involved in personally welcoming and supporting Syrian refugees as they arrive in the UK and then helping them to take the responsibility for their own resettlement and integration in a community. The first families to arrive under the community sponsorship scheme will arrive later this summer. A parish is Salford diocese will be the first to take part in the
Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has issued a new statement today following the Brexit referendum. He said: "We all need to reflect on what has been a tumultuous few days and ponder what is needed now. Firstly, I am very conscious of the Polish community in Hammersmith or of people confronted by banners in Newcastle. This upsurge of racism, of hatred towards others is something we must not tolerate. We have to say this is simply not acceptable in a humane society and it
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent a message to the annual Anglophone Safeguarding Conference currently underway in Rome. He stresses that although much has been done, there's much more to do "in both the prevention and response to this crime." The Rt Revd Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds and Vice Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, delivered the message to delegates at the event that runs from 20 - 23 June and is jointly hosted by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Kenya's Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Today on the feast of Ss Peter and Marcellinus, Cardinal Nichols is due to celebrate Mass for the Jubilee of Priests at Santa Maria Regina degli Apostoli alla Montagnola in Rome. In his homily, the Cardinal will look to the example of the saints whose feast is celebrated today, explaining that 'their suffering and their faithfulness was in bearing witness to Christ, the one who in his divinity raises our humanity to its fulfilment'. He will also mention the recent visit of the Hungarian relic of St Thomas Becket as a reminder of the saint who 'became a symbol of the resistance of the
On Saturday 14 May, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will welcome 700 couples, celebrating over 25,000 years of marriage, to a Mass of thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony at Westminster Cathedral at 3pm. The Mass for Matrimony has been an annual event since 2008 and this year the couples celebrating milestone anniversaries are expected to join the Cardinal to renew their vows. In his welcome to the couples, the Cardinal explains: "Christ deliberately performed his first miracle at a wedding to show us just how central
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has welcomed an announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron that the UK government has decided to resettle more child refugees. The exact numbers have not been decided yet. Only those children already in Europe before the agreement with Turkey wil be eligible for asylum. Last month the British government refused to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children. The amendment to the Immigration Bill, proposed by Lord Alfred Dubs, who came to England as
Today we come together to pray. Prayer is our key activity. We pray for courage and compassion, especially for refugees fleeing for their lives and safety; and we pray for migrants, far from home, striving to make their way and play their part. The reading we have heard from the Acts of the Apostles has a remarkable resonance. We hear of Paul and his companions setting out from the port to Troas to make the 100 mile sea crossing to Neapolis. Troas is in northern Turkey. Neapolis is in Greece. This is a crossing of the same sea that
More than 2,000 Catholic migrants living and working in London brought colour and international music to a special Mass for Migrants at Westminster Cathedral on Monday 2 May. The principal celebrant this year was Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. In his homily Cardinal Nichols deplored "reports of sadness, dismay, frustration, anger, rejection and humiliation from Iraq and Jordan, to Libya and Calais." He felt it was important to speak out when vulnerable children "are perishing at sea or at risk in hostile camps", and
In a homily at the Metropolitan Police Carol Service in Westminster Abbey yesterday, Cardinal Nichols thanked the Metropolitan Police for their "vigilance" and "courage." Comparing them to St Joseph in his role as guardian of the Holy Family, the Cardinal referred to members of the force as "guardians, working hard to keep us safe"...."As I look at St Joseph in every crib I see, I think of you all, and many others alongside you, and I thank God for your presence, your vigilance and your courage.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written a pastoral letter reflecting on the synod and the importance of the family to be read out in parishes today, the Solemnity of All Saints. In the letter Cardinal Vincent speaks of the work of the synod which centred around '"fashioning fresh ways of thinking about the family in the plan of God". Of the many images of the family that emerged, the Cardinal notes that it is a "reflection of the mystery of love which is the life of God" and "the flesh of the Church".
Cardinal Vincent Nichols called on Europe to be open to the rest of the world and praised the Synod of Bishops for playing an important role in encouraging this change in an address in the Vatican to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Synod of Bishops. Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, was addressing the Synod on behalf of the European Bishops, at the invitation of Synod secretary Cardinal Baldisseri on 17 October during the XIV Ordinary General Assembly. He recognised the changes in Europe over the years and how vital
Loyal Address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of Her becoming the longest reigning Monarch in British History. Your Majesty, It is an honour and a pleasure to express the great loyalty and gratitude felt by the Catholic community of England and Wales for the outstanding and unstinting service you give to our nation and to people throughout the world. We express these sentiments with particular warmth and admiration as you celebrate the occasion of surpassing the length of reign of any other British Monarch.
Britain's reaction to the migrant crisis must be more "generous", Cardinal Vincent Nichols has told ITV News. Speaking after images of a dead Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach emerged, Cardinal Nichols said the British public had told him it was "a disgrace that we were letting people die and seeing bodies on the beaches when together Europe is such a wealthy place"... "If we take 10,000, it's a fraction of the problem," he told Chris Ship.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has called on Catholics to contact their MPs before next week's vote on a Private Member's Bill to legalise assisted suicide. The Cardinal warns that the intrinsic value of each human life will be undermined if assisted suicide were to be legalised by this Bill, with some lives being seen as worth less than others. It would also fundamentally change the "do no harm" principle that underpins all medical practice. These dangers are reflected in the significant opposition of medical professionals.
In a homily delivered in Lourdes on the Day for Life, 26th July, Cardinal Nichols said that we should both cherish life and embrace natural death. Affirming that every human life has intrinsic value, regardless of health or disability, he said, 'this is why we oppose those who wish to pass laws assisting suicide, giving people the right to die when they want. The right to die is somebody else's duty to kill; and we don't accept that. We both cherish life and we embrace death.'
Following the 2015 UK General Election results this morning, Friday 8 May, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued the followed note of congratulation to Prime Minister David Cameron: "I send my congratulations to Prime Minister David Cameron on the result of yesterday's General Election. His new government faces many challenges, not least encouraging and sustaining economic growth and, at the same time, giving particular attention to the needs of the poorest people in our society today.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has gone to Iraq this weekend to visit Christians refugees forced to flee ISIS/Daish. The Cardinal will be in in Erbil from Saturday to Monday Monday, April 11-13, to express the solidarity of Christians in England and Wales with refugees. In a statement, the Church said the initiative is a sign of "solidarity with the tens of thousands of Christian refugees driven from their homes and off their land by ISIS last year from Mosul." During his Easter Vigil homily, Cardinal Nichols reflected on the desperate plight of the refugees,
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is inviting Catholic dioceses, parishes and groups across England and Wales to support a new outreach initiative inspired by Pope Francis. Introducing Proclaim ’15 today, Cardinal Nichols said: “This pioneering initiative is for all clergy, religious and lay people. Why? Because we all share the one mission – to PROCLAIM the joy of the Gospel. The wide range of practical ideas offered for planning and carrying out
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who is leading the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, celebrated Mass for the small Catholic community there yesterday. Cardinal Vincent said: "It was a great privilege to be with them and to convey to them the support and prayers of our Catholic community here on this pilgrimage and in our Diocese of Westminster. They were very grateful." He went on to say: "I thanked them for their courage and I encouraged them to be consistent and faithful to their presence in all the difficulties that Gaza
Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated Mass at Westminster Cathedral today, to commemorate the centenary of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in Holland Park. During his homily, Cardinal Vincent commended the traditions of the school. The Cardinal thanked the school for its fidelity to Cardinal Bourne’s founding vision. "His concern was mainly with primary education but he had a vision of founding a network of secondary schools across this growing diocese. Your school was part of that powerful vision which took many generations to achieve."
Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke at the Marriage Care Annual Conference in Daventry on 13 September. In his address, the Cardinal recognised the work of the charity since its inception at the end of the Second World War in helping couples and families.... The Cardinal also explained the aims and objectives of the Extraordinary Synod to be held next month. He said: "Among the many challenges identified in the working document for the Bishops who will be attending the Synod this October,
This year is the 125th anniversary of the Great Dock Strike in which Cardinal Manning (1808-1892), then the Archbishop of Westminster, played a key role in bringing to a resolution. Manning’s legacy as a great champion of the poor, the dignity and rights of workers, education and family life is still with us, most notably in the lasting contribution he made to the development of Catholic social teaching. He was, and still is, widely admired by many in London’s dock side communities. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster,
The Jesuits in Britain have joined the Holy Father’s prayers for peace in Iraq. Pope Francis has appealed on several occasions over the past few weeks for violence to stop and has urged the Church to intercede for a peaceful solution to the fighting in the Middle East, most recently at last Sunday's Angelus. Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, says that the Pope has expressed his deep concern at the situation in this region of the world and has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to those who are suffering.
In a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Cardinal Nichols has “welcomed the humanitarian efforts” that the British government has made in Iraq over the past few days but has urged that the “relief operation” and “crucial diplomatic efforts” be increased. The Cardinal says “there needs to be a sustained focus on creating a more stable society based on respect for fundamental human rights, especially freedom of religion, and the rule of law. Britain has a role to play in that and I ask that you
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Archbishop of Westminster has released a statement on Iraq today, calling for urgent "help and protection" for the persecuted communities in the north of the country. Cardinal Nichols calls on the UK Government to "lead the efforts in the face of such a human calamity" to restore communities and facilitate essential humanitarian aid. The full statement follows: “I have followed with deep sadness the unfolding disaster in Mosul, in Sinjar and Qaraqosh, and in other towns and villages
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has issued the following statement this morning: "Faced with the increasing violence that is engulfing the people of Gaza, my thoughts and prayers, and those of the Catholic community, are constantly with all those who have lost loved ones and whose lives are shattered in this conflict. The pain, anguish and sense of hopelessness of those men, women and children cry out that war is not the answer.
Cardinal Nichols today addressed the Global Summit to end sexual violence in conflict, congratulating the Foreign Secretary and all involved for their dedication to this crucial cause. The Cardinal was panel focussing on the role of faith leaders and communities, Also on the panel were Solange Mukamana, Tearfund South Africa; UNAIDS, Deputy Executive Director (Dr Luiz Loures); Archbishop Bernard Ntahorturi, Burundi; Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, Saudi Arabia/Mauritania.
Our ceremony this night is an epic. It presents a vivid portrayal of the whole sweep of human destiny. Here we find our story told in bold symbols, powerful words and beautiful music.It begins with the Book of Genesis. There we heard an unfolding of the different layers of creation, each in relation to the Creator God. All of creation finds its origin and design in Him. Its high point is the human person, you and I. 'God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them.'
His Eminence Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, celebrated the Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Westminster at 12pm today (Tuesday 15 April). The Mass was concelebrated by HE Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Auxiliary Bishops John Arnold and John Sherrington and over 300 priests, with deacons, seminarians and parishioners from across the Diocese. In his homily, Cardinal Vincent spoke of the "overriding emotion’ of joy in the hearts of the priests gathered, from knowing Christ and ‘being heralds of the message of His unfailing love
For the fifth year in a row, Trafalgar Square in central London will be transformed into the Jerusalem of two millenniums on Good Friday, when the 80-strong cast of the Wintershall Players perform the Passion of Christ at 12 noon and 3.15pm. The epic performances will be relayed to massive screens and high quality sound systems will carry the actors’ words around the Square. More than 20,000 people are expected to come and watch the drama. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will say a closing prayer at the end of the first performance at 1.15pm.
At a press conference at the English College in Rome yesterday, Cardinal Vincent Nichols reflected on the Consistory, and his new role. In his opening words he said there had been a "wonderful reception" there the night before" and the Rector had reminded him that they've been welcoming pilgrims to this building for 650 years. "They gave us a terrific party." Going on to reflect on the last few days Cardinal Nichols said: "The Consistory and the Mass with Pope Francis yesterday were for me first of all a very vivid reminder of