Diocesan press releases

Welsh faith communities’ support has ‘helped to save lives’

The Welsh Government has thanked Wales’ faith communities for helping to halt the spread of Covid-19 and for their support and leadership.

In a letter to faith leaders, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt said their actions in “ensuring large gatherings in undertaking worship were averted and in providing guidance to your communities on alternative ways in which to safely do so is greatly appreciated and will undoubtedly have helped to save lives”.

The Bishops of the Church in Wales said they “recognise and are most grateful for all that people are doing to support and help at such an anxious time for many”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday declared a “moment of national emergency” and introduced strict curbs on travel and gatherings and stopped all weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies – though funerals are allowed.

In response, Archbishop John Davies said: “While the Government measures announced by the Prime Minister and endorsed by the First Minister of Wales are unprecedented, they are specifically designed for the health and well-being of the people of our communities and nation.”

The letter is available here.