CNA Staff, Oct 13, 2020 / 11:00 am
An archbishop thanked the government Monday for awarding a "lifeline" grant to Catholic churches in England.
Archbishop George Stack, chairman of the English and Welsh bishops' patrimony committee, said Oct. 12 that the money would offer new hope to congregations struggling to raise funds amid the pandemic.
"We are hugely grateful for this magnificent award. With our churches closed during lockdown, many planned repair projects were unable to go ahead. Other churches have simply not had the resources to carry out much-needed repairs," said Stack, the archbishop of Cardiff.
The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales was one of 445 organizations named Oct. 9 as qualifying for support from the government's $2 billion fund to help the arts, culture, and heritage sectors during the coronavirus crisis.