The Mass will be held on Sunday at Farm Street Church in Mayfair

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass with a “pastoral outreach” to gay Catholics in central London on Sunday.

Same-sex attracted Catholics, along with their families, will attend the Mass at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair at 6.15pm.

It is the first time a cardinal has celebrated a Mass “welcoming” gay Catholics, according to the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, the group that organises Sunday evening gatherings at the church.

A spokesman for the cardinal clarified that the Mass was not “for gay Catholics”. He said Cardinal Nichols “will be celebrating the usual parish Mass at Farm St at which there will be Farm St parishioners (the Mass does have pastoral outreach for people with same-sex attraction).”

Following an earlier decision by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council moved its gatherings from the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in London’s Soho to the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception in March 2013.

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