Masses for victims of Madrid bombings

 Special Masses and prayer vigils are being held around the world for the victims of yesterday's terrorist attacks in Madrid. Today a Solemn High Mass at 5.30pm at Westminster Cathedral in London will be offered for the victims, their families and loved ones. Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor has asked that prayers for the dead and injured be said at Sunday Mass in every parish of the Diocese of Westminster. A special Mass for the Spanish-speaking community will be celebrated at 8pm this evening at Westminster Cathedral. The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Pablo Puente will be the Principal Celebrant. The Spanish Ambassador and members of the Spanish community in London will attend. A Mass of Remembrance will be held at Farm Street Church, in Mayfair, on Monday at 6pm. Check the diocesan and parish websites through our links pages for details of further services. This morning Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, wrote to the Archbishop of Madrid Cardinal Rouco Varela, in the wake of the terrorist attack. He conveyed on behalf of the bishops of England and Wales and the people of the Diocese of Westminster his deepest condolences, as well as shock and outrage, at the terrible loss of life and devastation caused by these terrible attacks.

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