The Cardinal public house, in Francis Street near Archbishops House, has been a popular meeting place for parishioners and groups from Westminster Cathedral for decades.
Throughout the years it has acquired a collection of paintings and drawings of several different cardinals who served in London, among them Cardinal Hume and Cardinal Manning - who supported the Dockers Strike of 1889.
ICN has learnt that the owners are now planning to revert to the pub's original name - the ubiquitous 'Windsor Castle' - after a refurbishment programme is complete.
We feel this is would be a real loss to the community and an erosion of the Christian presence in the area, and are hoping that the owners change their mind. Archbishop Vincent Nichols has given a number of radio and television interviews calling for the name to be retained. Many more bishops, Members of Parliament, clergy and religious and laypeople have given their support to the campaign.
To sign our SAVE THE CARDINAL petition, please go to: www.ipetitions.com/petition/cardinal/
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