CORONAVIRUS - Statement from Cardinal Vincent Nichols
24th March - Statement from Cardinal Nichols: Closing churches is the right thing to do to save lives
"This morning, we are all coming to terms with that most remarkable, historic, dramatic announcement of the Prime Minister last night. He made our duty very clear. And it’s a duty which we must all wholeheartedly follow. That is the right thing to do because he wants us to play our part in stopping the spread of this virus – in helping to protect and get the best use of the NHS and therefore save precious lives.
What is clear to me and to my fellow bishops and to the Prime Minister is that we must now close our churches.
It’s not essential for people to travel to go to church in order to pray. We have to learn more and more that our prayer is rooted in our hearts and can be shared with our families. Open churches will only tempt people to travel. And that is not good practice now. So we have to deepen these words of prayer...."
The full text of his statement can be read here
IMPORTANT - New Update from The BISHOPS' CONFERENCE as at 18th March 2020
Please READ and NOTE the linked letters from the Bishops' Conference concerning the provision of Mass in the parishes, and Liturgical Advice offered.
Do pass this information on to those who do not have access to the internet.
2020.03.18 - PUBLIC LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENCY - CBCEW
Liturgical Advice to Bishops - 2020.03.18
CBCEW have also issued information on live-streamed Masses; this includes a prayer Pope Francis dedicated for Covid-19/Coronavirus to Our Lady.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDELINES FROM THE BISHOPS' CONFERENCE CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK:
or a pdf version can be downloaded
and guidelines from Bishop Richard https://pnl.parishportal.net/uploads/20/53329-coronavirus-letter-11.3.20.pdf