Gaza Appeal - statement from Bishop William Kenney

Bishop William Kenney, CP, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, a member of the Holy Land Co-Ordination 2009, an important delegation of Catholic Bishops from Europe and North America, who visited Bethlehem and Jerusalem in the Holy Land earlier this month, has added his voice to the refusal of the BBC and Sky to broadcast the Gaza appeal.

"I deeply regret that the BBC and Sky could not see their way to broadcasting the very reasonable humanitarian appeal on behalf of the people of Gaza," said Bishop William Kenney, a member of the Passionist Congregation, in a short statement today, Thursday 29 January.

"At a deep level all human beings are willing to stretch out a hand and help each other, in particular at time when the ordinary people - men, women and children of all ages - in Gaza are facing appalling hardship and suffering," added Bishop Kenney, Spokesman on European Affairs for the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

To donate to the appeal, see: www.donate.bt.com/bt_form_gaza.html