Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

 Pope Francis invites us, this Thursday 14th May, to join with believers of all religions and people of goodwill in a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity.

The Holy Father calls us to unite ourselves to an initiative which comes from the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.  Cardinal Miguel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, communicates Pope Francis’s wish in a letter dated 6th May (Copy here ) suggesting it is an opportunity to “witness to the greatness of faith in God that unites divided hearts and elevates the human soul.”

Consecrating this day to the Lord is of a piece with the practice, recently introduced on Thursdays in England and Wales, of one of our Bishops celebrating Mass for NHS workers and carers in all settings.  These Masses take place a little ahead of the 8.00 p.m. applause: we pray in thanksgiving for the courage and generosity of these front-line workers, asking the Lord to sustain them in their vital work.  Mass this Thursday will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne CO, Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle; and will be live-streamed at 7.00 p.m. on  You are encourage to unite yourselves spiritually with this celebration as part of the Day of Prayer.

With all good wishes

Yours sincerely in Christ

Rt Rev. Nicholas Hudson

Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster