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Cardinal to pray at Trafalgar Square vigil

13/07/2005

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, will join other faith and community leaders at 6pm in Trafalgar Square tomorrow to remember the victims of last week’s bombings and their grieving families.

Speaking earlier today, he described the news that last week’s atrocities were committed by British suicide bombers as “extremely alarming”. He also called for Muslim leaders to be supported to isolate extremist elements in their communities.

He said the country was banding together against violence. “Already the people of this country feel more united because of this atrocity,” he told Simon Mayo during an hour-long phone-in programme on BBC Radio Five Live.

He also spoke of the unity with Londoners he felt while travelling on the Bakerloo and Victoria lines yesterday.

“There was I, with other Londoners, and a bit of me felt I was glad to be with other Londoners continuing my work just as they are continuing theirs, and aware that something terrible happened on the Underground a week ago, but saying we are not going to be deterred by it.”

He went on: “There is no doubt that what happened a week ago, carried out by suicide bombers from within our own communities, is extremely alarming. It’s only right that all of us should be aware of this, and be wary, but also determined not to let it distract us from our normal lives.”

The Cardinal will observe the two minute silence at mid-day tomorrow to remember the victims of last week's bombings and their families, at in the piazza in front Westminster Cathedral in the company of the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

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Masses to be offered for all the victims of today's attacks in London, to which everyone is welcome:
Westminster Diocese

Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London
Thursday 7th July, 5:30pm
Mass will be offered up for all those affected by the attacks today
The Cathedral will be open all day as usual for prayer and reflection until 7:00pm

Archdiocese of Southwark

St. Georges's Cathedral, Southwark
Thursday 7th July, 12.30pm Mass
Prayers were said today for the dead, the injured and for their families.

Archdiocese of Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
Today at 7.30 pm
Archbishop Patrick Kelly: 'To give an opportunity for prayer and reflection I will be celebrating Mass this evening at Liverpool, at which all will be welcome.'

Diocese of Lancaster

Bishop Pat O'Donoghue has asked all parishes in the Lancaster Diocese for special prayers for all the "innocent people in London" at all Sunday Masses

Diocese of Clifton

Clifton Cathedral, Pembroke Road, Bristol
Friday 8 July 7.30 am and 12 noon
Mass with special prayers will be offered for those affected by the London attacks
11.00 am on Sunday 10 July
Requiem Mass celebrated by Bishop Declan Lang
All are welcome to the Masses. The Cathedral, as always, remains open to all for prayer.

St Joseph's, Weston-super-Mare
Rosary prayers lead by Deacon Tom Moffatt at St Joseph's Church, Camp Road,
Weston-super-Mare at 5.15 pm on Thursday 7 July.

Sacred Heart Church, High Street, Chew Magna, Somerset
Saturday 9 July at 6.00 pm
Requiem Mass to be celebrated by Father Richard Sullivan SDS

St Mary's Church, West Harptree, Somerset
Sunday 10 July at 9.00 am.
Requiem Mass celebrated by Father Richard Sullivan SDS

English Martyrs, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester
Thursday 7 July, 12:00pm
Mass was offered for those who have been affected by the attacks in London and those responsible for carrying out these attacks
During the Mass Father Keith spoke of the need for us all to look for God in the midst of such terror and to pray for the peace that Christ came to bring to the world
The Blessed Sacrament was exposed in the church until 6.00 pm and people came to the open church to pray throughout this time.
Saturday 9 July at 6.00 pm
Special Mass will be celebrated by Father Keith Miles

St Teresa's, Gloucester Road North, Filton, Bristol
Friday 8 July at 7.00 pm
Requiem Mass celebrated by Father Tom Finnegan

Saturday 9 July 6.00 pm and 8.15 pm and Sunday 10 July 10.00 am
Special prayers will be offered at Mass

St Gerard Majella, Knowle, Bristol
Mass offered for the dead and injured at St Gerard Majella Church, Talbot
Road, Knowle, Bristol at 10.00 am on Friday 8 July, 10.30 am on Saturday 9
July and 9.00 am 5.00 pm on Sunday 10 July the 9.00 am. All are invited to
pray in the Church.

St Dunstan, Somerton, Somerset
Special prayers for the victims at St Dunstan's Church, Langport Road,
Somerton, Somerset at 9.00 am on Friday 8 July.

St Joseph, The Hill, Langport, Somerset
10.30 am on Sunday 10 July
Mass offered for the Victims.

Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucester, GL48EX.
The Community Conventual Mass this morning was the Mass offered 'in time of war and civil disturbance' .
It was offered for the victims of the terrorist bomb attacks in London yesterday and for their bereaved families and friends.

Meanwhile the churches are open from dawn to dusk and the Paschal Candle will be lit during this time.