Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal calls for prayers for people of Gaza

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is keen that the Catholic community of Gaza should not be forgotten at this desperate time.

In a statement issued on 16th May, he said: 

‘Today I have had a phone conversation with Fr Mario da Silva, the Catholic parish priest in Gaza, to offer our prayers and support. He told me that life is so hard and everyone is desperate with shortages of water and other basic necessities. He said that knowing Catholics in England and Wales and across the world remembered the people of Gaza, and were praying for them was a great encouragement. 

'Please pray for peace in the Middle East and especially for the people in Gaza. They are living through traumatic times of remembrance and protest at the dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation. This is a people who are both extremely vulnerable and deprived. Their fate is central to peace and peace can never be built on neglect.

'In the lead up to Pentecost I echo Pope Francis’ call for prayers for the people in Gaza.'

Photo: Cardinal Vincent celebrating Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church on a visit to Gaza in 2014 (Mazur/Catholicnews.org.uk)

Latest news
  • John Studzinski CBE, Sir James McMillan and Cardinal Vincent Nichols at the premiere of the Sr James' Stabat Mater in the Sistine Chapel (Photo: Adrian Myers/Genesis Foundation)Contemplating the Holy Spirit in music

    Ahead of the world premiere of his Symphony No.5: ‘Le grand Inconnu’ (The Great Unknown), Sir James McMillan and Cardinal Vincent contemplate the mystery of the Holy Spirit and the exploration of representations of the Holy Spirit in music. ...

    more
  • Cardinal prays for persecuted Christians

    Presiding at the International Mass in Lourdes on 24 homily.   He invited the congregation, consisting of pilgrims from all over the world, ‘to pray especially for Christians who are persecuted for their faith, in so many parts of the world’...

    more
  • Cardinal presents Benedict Medal to Sr Berchmans

    At the St Mary's University graduation ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on 17 Born in County Clare, Ireland in 1930, Sr Berchmans joined the Convent of Jesus and Mary in 1951 in Willesden. She spent over 65 years teaching, mostly in Pakistan, ...

    more