LONDON (CNS) — Catholic leaders in London offered prayers for victims of a fire in a 24-story apartment building.
“We pray for all the residents of Grenfell Tower,” said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster. “I pray particularly for those who have suffered injury, those who have died, and all the residents who have are left without a home today, and the entire community that has been affected.”
The June 14 early morning fire, which killed at least 12 people and injured more than 70 others, sent black smoke stretching for miles. Officials said they expected the death toll to rise.
Cardinal Nichols praised emergency response teams, particularly the more than 200 firefighters who worked to contain and extinguish the blaze.
“Once again in our city we witness the heroic efforts of our emergency services, who responded so quickly. I thank them for all they are doing to help the victims of this devastating fire,” the cardinal said.
Auxiliary Bishop John Wilson of Westminster, who has pastoral oversight of parishes in the area of the fire, prayed for “all who have been affected by this fire, especially the victims, their families and friends, and all who are still worried about their loved ones who are unaccounted for. I offer, too, my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have died.”
He, too, praised emergency responders and said Catholic parishes in the area have offered assistance to those affected by the fire.
The Associated Press reported there was no immediate word on what caused the fire but said angry residents had warned local authorities about fire issues.
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: