The British Royal family seems to be open to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols took part in the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II. As president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, he was one of the non-Anglican Christian leaders asked to lead prayers at Westminster Abbey during the state funeral yesterday.
Cardinal Nichols thanked the queen for her to “commitment to the Commonwealth throughout her reign” and prayed for a “spirit of mutual honor and respect.” He praised her for promoting “justice and the common good.”
Nichols was the first Catholic bishop or cardinal to participate in a royal funeral in hundreds of years. Since the 18th century, British monarchs have to be Anglican.
Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip were also interested in ecumenism, having welcomed JPII and Benedict XVI to the UK.
Speaking to religious leaders, King Charles III said he recognized his “duty to protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself and its practice through the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals.”
“I am determined, as king, to preserve and promote those principles across all communities, and for all beliefs, with all my heart.”
Pray for the queen! 🙏👸
And also, pray for King Charles III! 🙏🤴
On September 11th, when Charles III was coronated, the faithful in Westminster prayed as followers:
“O God, to whom every human power is subject,
Grant to your servant His Majesty King Charles
wisdom in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from unity and peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.”