Rome, Italy, May 14, 2011 / 13:19 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The practice of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays is to return in England and Wales later this year.
“I think Catholics will welcome this,” said Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, president of the Bishops Conference of England & Wales.
The decision was made by the bishops of both countries this week and announced to the media May 13.
“What we have sought to do in this decision is to establish a shared practice, a shared habit, because habits that are carried out together are better learned and are stronger -- we give each other mutual support.”
“So that’s why there’s a simple, across-the-board expectation that this will be something that Catholics will do.”