Celebrating diversity and unity

Cardinal Nichols, with the Mayor and Chief rabbi, and 100 young people
Cardinal Nichols, with the Mayor and Chief rabbi, and 100 young people

Cardinal Vincent Nichols yesterday invited young people to Archbishop’s House for an Interfaith Iftar - the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.  Also attending and speaking at the event were the Chief Rabbi and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The 100 young people came together to discuss how to bring faith and non faith communities together in London for the betterment of all– and a number of them are now putting plans together to implement their ideas.

A number of the young people on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference parliamentary interns scheme (which is supported by the Jesuits) attended, as did Furqan Naeem, the Greater Manchester Citizens community organiser,  who is based at the Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy.
“It was a lovely evening celebrating the diversity, unity and togetherness of our communities” commented Furqan. “I managed to speak to Cardinal Nichols and explained the work we are doing together with the Diocese, Catholic Chaplaincy and Greater Manchester Citizens. He was delighted to hear about the work we are doing, thanked the Chaplaincy and Diocese for their continued support and sent his blessings and best wishes. He then told me how he remembers spending time at the Chaplaincy and even remembered his room number. He emphasised in these times it's more important than ever to bring together our different communities and work to bring peace and prosperity.”

Cardinal Nichols, originally from Crosby in Lancashire, studied for an MA in theology at Manchester University between 1970 and 1971.

Tuesday’s  event, sponsored by the Naz Foundation, aimed to empower and raise the aspirations of young people aged 18-30 years old (the average age was 23), representing all 32 boroughs of London, from all faiths and none,and provide an opportunity to celebrate faith