In his homily for Pentecost Sunday, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster questions why churches have not been allowed to open for private prayer, especially when car showrooms and outdoor markets can open on Monday, June  1, and non-essential shops from June 15.  He specifically asks why churches have been “excluded from this decision?”

The opening of churches, even if only for private prayer, helps nurture faith which is a “vital contribution to our common good” the Cardinal says.  He goes onto add that faith is a “motivation for the selfless care of the sick and dying” and will help play a key role in the “rebuilding of our society.”

Acutely aware of the importance of opening churches safely, the Cardinal stresses that “We are confident that we can do so. We have developed expert guidance. We are ready to follow the Government’s guidelines as soon as they are finalized.”

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