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Cardinal Nichols lends support to Rosary on the Coast

Catholics gathered in Laytown, County Meath, as part of Ireland’s Rosary on the Coast event (Rosary on the Coast)

Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols has expressed his support for plans to pray the rosary around the coast of Britain.

Fr Christopher Thomas, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said in a letter that the cardinal is offering the organisers his prayers and good wishes.

“In the very secularised world in which we live, praying for ‘faith, life and peace’ in our countries is a vital component in witnessing to the truths of the Gospel,” Fr Thomas wrote.

“The Church must be resolute in this work so that its mission of proclaiming the Word that brings Life reaches all who live and work in Great Britain.

“To this end, Cardinal Nichols has asked me to wish you well with this act of witness, and assure you of his prayer and good wishes for it.”

The Rosary on the Coast campaign currently has 60 confirmed locations where people will gather on April 29 to pray for “faith, life and peace in the British Isles”.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley has already given his support, saying: “Hopefully all these rosary sites will join up together and form a ring of grace around our coast for faith, life and peace.”

It comes after similar initiatives in Poland and Ireland last year. The Polish rosary saw hundreds of thousands turn out to pray along the country’s border during the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima.

“We believe that if the rosary is prayed by about a million Poles along the borders of the country, it may not only change the course of events, but open hearts of our compatriots to the grace of God,” the organisers said.