Archbishop of Westminster remembers persecuted Christians

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated International Mass in Lourdes on July 24. There he asked for prayers for persecuted Christians. During his homily, he invited the congregation, made up 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.”

“The persecution of Christians is more widespread, more far-reaching than ever before,” he said. “So today we remember all those who have died for their faith, whether young or old, in Africa, in Asia, in India, in Europe, or in America. We pray for those who are marginalised in their society, deprived of liberty, of health, of opportunity because of their faith. We hold in our hearts those who languish in prisons or who face the threat of violence every time they attend church. We pray for those whose families have been shattered by this persecution and violence.”

More information: Diocese of Westminster