Cardinal Vincent Nichols has expressed his sorrow at the catastrophic fire that broke out in Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, in the early hours of 14th June, and offered prayers for all those who have been affected: ‘We pray for all the residents of Grenfell Tower. I pray particularly for those who have suffered injury, those who have died, and all the residents who have are left without a home today, and the entire community that has been affected.’
He also praised emergency response teams, particularly fire crews who have been working tirelessly to contain and put out the blaze: ‘Once again in our city we witness the heroic efforts of our emergency services who responded so quickly. I thank them for all they are doing to help the victims of this devastating fire.’
Bishop John Wilson, who has pastoral oversight of parishes in West London, added his prayers: ‘My prayers are with all who have been affected by this fire, especially the victims, their families and friends, and all who are still worried about their loved ones who are unaccounted for. I offer too my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have died.’
Bishop John also paid tribute to the emergency response teams: ‘Faced with yet another major incident in our city, the men and women of our emergency services have demonstrated great resilience and professionalism in the rescue effort. We should be rightly proud of them.’
He added that Catholic parishes in the area, which are all outside the immediate cordon, have offered assistance to those affected by the fire.