Communications from the Cardinal

From Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

NEW 22nd November 2020

RCDOW Annual Report and Accounts 2019  Previous years Annual Reports and Accounts are accessible here.

NEW 10th November 2020

Statement on the Publication of the IICSA Report


NEW 8th November 2020

Pastoral Letter 8th November


NEW 4th November 2020

CBCEW statement about COVID restrictions


31st October 2020

Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, in their positions as President and Vice-President of  CBCEW urge the Catholic Community to contact their MPs to request that the Government “publish the data that drives the decision to cease public worship under these restrictions.” 

CBCEW statement on Prime Minister announcement 31st Oct 2020


24th June 2020 

Read the letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops regarding the return of Mass from 4th July or read it on the Diocese of Westminster website.


23rd June 2020

Cardinal Vincent welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd June that collective acts of worship can resume, saying:

I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4th July.”

To read more, click here. 


15th June 2020

To mark this “moment of grace” where churches re-open for individual prayer, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby prayed together in Westminster Cathedral and Abbey.  More information is available here.


7th June 2020

The Cardinal welcomes the decision to re-open Churches for individual prayer . 


31st May 2020  

Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Now is the time….  The Cardinal questions why churches remain closed despite some indoor shops and businesses can reopen from 1st and 15th June.  His homily for Pentecost Sunday 2020 explores this further.


22nd May 2020  Cardinal Vincent Nichols video message – In preparation for Pentecost.


21st May 2020  Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ video message   on the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’.


May 2020  A People who hope in Christ.


23rd March 2020 Pastoral Letter – Coronavirus

20th March 2020: Cardinal’s video message  On Covid 19.

  • All public acts of worship are suspended
  • “Please, don’t lose heart. Please, get deeper rooted. When a plant is deprived of some surface water, it has to put down deeper roots. We are going to have to put down deeper roots of the Spirit and we know that God will nurture us – the rhythm of prayer will continue’.”

18th March 2020: Public Letter from the Presidency of the Catholic Bishops Conference for England and Wales


Recorded messages and videos from the Cardinal and others in our diocese covering West, Central, East and North London and Hertfordshire can also be found on the Vimeo platform accessed via the link: https://vimeo.com/catholic.

The Diocesan website – Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster – has updates on news and activities throughout the diocese.