Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated a special Mass to mark the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Union.
The Mass took place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, on Wednesday 19 February. It is part of a series of events to celebrate the landmark anniversary of the Union.
During his homily, Cardinal Nichols congratulated the Catholic Union on a “significant birthday” and noted its “distinguished history” since being founded in 1870.
Along with the Cardinal, the Union’s President – Sir Edward Leigh MP – and former President – Lord Brennan – were both present, along with a packed church of members and friends of the Union.
Director, Nigel Parker, comments: “This was a fantastic show of support for the Catholic Union. It was great to see friends old and new, and to be joined by the Cardinal for this very special occasion. For 150 years, the Catholic Union has helped to give a voice to Catholics in the public sphere. The need for a strong defence of Catholic teaching and values in public life is just as important today as it was when the Union was founded in 1870. With every generation, the Catholic Union has adapted to meet the challenges of the day. We’re continuing to change to make sure our voice is heard loud and clear in the public sphere today, and I’m excited about all that lies ahead.”