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Bishop's call to prayer for Europe

The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, has written to churches throughout Coventry and Warwickshire calling people to pray for our nation and European neighbours.

In a letter sent on 18 January 2019, Bishop Christopher said:

"Before the 2015 General Election, the Bishops wrote a Pastoral Letter, called Who is my Neighbour? That is the question before us in these days of great political uncertainty – to identify, consider and love our neighbours, all of our neighbours.

As we seek to do that in prayer, as in other ways, I encourage you, therefore, to pray not only for our British neighbours but also for our European neighbours and for our world neighbours.

On every side of the debate, attention has been on what is best for us, for our nation. In prayer especially but also in every way of acting, we are called to put that which is good for our neighbour at the centre of our hearts.

St Paul summarises the radical Christian ethic when he says, 'Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interest of others’'(Philippians 2.3).

It is the challenge of the Church in our times to show how our debates and decisions could be transformed by that reorientation towards what is good for others. For Jesus tells us that we are to love our neighbours as we love ourselves, and that is how we show our love for God (Mark 12.28-31)."

For the full text of Bishop Christopher's letter, please click the link in the right-hand panel.

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