OLYMPIC GAMES: MASS FOR ALL CATHOLIC ATHLETES IN WESTMINSTER ON 28TH JULY
Mass for all athletes of Catholic faith taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. It will be officiated in Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of English Catholicism, in the heart of London, on Saturday 28th July at 02.30 pm. The bishops of England and Wales ask “to join the rest of the Catholic community in giving thanks to God for the many opportunities that the Games present not only to our nation but to the whole world at this time”. This was said by James Parker, who represents the Catholic Church in the ecumenical charity “More than gold”, that is turning the Olympic Games into an important opportunity for evangelisation. The opening Mass on 28th July will be attended by the archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, and the archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith, the bishop of Brentwood, Thomas McMahon, diocesan bishops from all over the countries, the apostolic nuncio to the United Kingodm, Antonio Mennini, and the archbishop of Puerto Rico, Roberto Gonzalez Nieves. James Parker adds: “There will be many past Olympians and professional sportspeople from across the globe who are Catholic and in the London area to take in the thrill of the Games. These men and women better than most know the importance of keeping God firmly positioned within their sporting journey. They are being invited to join the rest of the Catholic community in giving thanks to God for the many opportunities that the Games present not only to our nation but to the whole world at this time”.