Statement by the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham

 At a time such as this, many of us feel both great anxiety and a measure of helplessness. We must now watch and wait. But we can also turn to God in prayer. Please pray with me for all who are directly engaged in this armed conflict. Pray that in moments of danger they are consoled by a sense of God's presence; that in pain, by God's comfort; and in fear or terror, by God's protection. But please pray, most of all, that this military action may come to a just and swift ending. We pray for peace in our world; a peace built on justice.

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