Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference, has made a statement on the refugee crisis.
“The Catholic Church in England and Wales will respond to Pope Francis’ challenge to be generous in supporting people who have been forced to flee their homes.
“We urge government to respond positively to this crisis and to provide the necessary resources and funding to ensure the effective reception and long-term resettlement of these desperate people. We will work with both government and other responsible authorities to meet this grave challenge.
“We invite all Catholics to respond in prayer and in real, practical action. It is my hope to join the prayer vigil which is taking place outside Westminster Cathedral tomorrow night (8 September 2015).
“Guidance will follow shortly on how the Catholic community in England and Wales can practically respond to this refugee crisis.”