The Catholic Church “is committed to the welfare of all ethnic groups”, the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster has stated.
Bishop Paul McAleenan, who is also the Catholic Bishop with oversight for Ethnic Chaplaincies, pointed out that one particular group that are often “misunderstood” is the Traveller community.
“Those who are familiar with the Traveller community will know of their deep piety and indeed knowledge of the essentials of the Catholic Faith,” said Bishop McAleenan.
“Often Travellers are misunderstood or viewed with suspicion. The Church however is committed to the welfare of all ethnic groups and is concerned for all its people,” he added.
Bishop McAleenan shared his comments as he announced he would be the main celebrant of a Westminster Cathedral Mass for members of the Traveller community later this month.
“Recognising that different groups have different needs, we are hosting this National Mass and look forward to welcoming the Travellers on Saturday 24th February in Westminster Cathedral,” the bishop said.
Fr Dan Mason, the National Catholic Chaplain for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers said: “Our hope is that this Mass will become an annual event for members of the Travelling Community to celebrate their Catholic Faith and for non-Travellers to appreciate the significant contribution that Travellers make within the Catholic Community in England and Wales.”
The Mass will take place in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 24th February at 2.30pm.