- ‘Men and women like us’
One in 10 migrants who embarks on the sea crossing from Libya to Italy dies in the attempt. After the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean in which almost 1,000 people drowned, Italy is demanding more support from its European partners
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Armenian Church canonises 1.5 million genocide 'martyrs' slain by Ottoman Turks
- ‘Merger’ talks between St Mary’s, Twickenham and Heythrop College enter final stage
- One third of would-be MPs believe in God and one third are atheists
- French Church gets 10,000 responses to Vatican survey on family life
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited the London Catholic Worker community on Sunday, marking the start of a week of prayer and action for those in need.
The two archbishops travelled to Giuseppe Conlon House in north London, where they met refugees and asylum-seekers to whom the house offers short-term hospitality, and volunteers.
They gathered in the chapel of the house for a joint prayer service at which both archbishops spoke, and visited a bicycle restoration project run by the group. Old bicycles are donated, restored and then given to refugees as a means of transport.
Fr Martin Newell, a prominent anti-war campaigner who was recently jailed for unpaid fines arising from protests, was present during the visit and met Archbishop Welby.
On Sunday the cardinal and the archbishop are travelling to Kent to Folkestone to visit the Rainbow Centre, a Christian organisation that helps families and individuals in crisis.
The week-long initiative (6-13 April) is titled “Listen to God: Hear the Poor”. Organisers have asked Anglicans and Catholics to post on Twitter with the hashtag #ListenToGod what their local church is doing to help people who are poor.
In his reflection on Sunday, Cardinal Nichols praised the Catholic Worker Movement and paid tribute to its founder, Dorothy Day.
Day founded the movement in the 1930s as a network of houses to help the poor and campaign for peace.
In February Cardinal Nichols said it was “a disgrace” that as a result of the Government’s welfare changes, some people in Britain were left for up to two weeks with no money.
The Catholic Worker house in London is named after one of the Maguire Seven, who were jailed in 1976 for possessing explosives for IRA bombs but later had their convictions quashed.
The late Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume, campaigned for their release and visited Giuseppe Conlon in jail.
From top: Cardinal Nichols; Archbishop Welby; Fr Martin Newell chats to Archbishop Welby while the cardinal holds his book on Dorothy Day. Photos: Catholic Church (England and Wales)