The archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols has expressed his support for plans to pray the rosary around the coast of Britain.

Fr Christopher Thomas, general secretary of the bishops’ conference of England and Wales, said in a letter that the cardinal was offering the organisers his prayers and good wishes.

“In the very secularised world in which we live, praying for ‘faith, life and peace’ in our countries is a vital component in witnessing to the truths of the Gospel,” Fr Thomas wrote.

“The Church must be resolute in this work so that its mission of proclaiming the Word that brings Life reaches all who live and work in Great Britain.

“To this end, Cardinal Nichols has asked me to wish you well with this act of witness, and assure you of his prayer and good wishes for it.”

The Rosary on the Coast campaign has nearly 70 confirmed locations where people will gather on April 29 to pray for “faith, life and peace in the British Isles”.

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