General Election

General Election 2015 – Bishops’ letter to all Catholics in England and Wales

13/02/2015 5:43 pm

Big Ben framed by the leaves of a tree

In two weeks’ time, on 1 March, Catholics across England and Wales will receive a letter from their Bishops about this year’s General election.

Over half a million copies of the letter will be sent to the parishes. The letter will be launched at a press conference hosted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 24 February.

The letter encourages all Catholics to engage with the election, emphasising that it is up to each person how they vote and also that voting should seldom, if ever, be based on a single issue. However, “As Catholics we are called to work for a world shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ”.

“Pope Francis tells us that we are ‘missionary disciples’ who witness to the mercy of Christ through the faithfulness of our lives and the world we wish to build. In the light of the Gospel we can be messengers of hope as we challenge the political candidates about the policies they wish to implement and the reasons why.

“At this General Election we are asked to think about what kind of society we want here at home and abroad. Whom you vote for is a matter for you alone. Our aim is to suggest how you might approach this important question in May 2015 and to suggest some key issues for your reflection as you make your own decision.”

In March and April, in the lead-up to Election day on 7 May, the Bishops’ Conference website will feature a series of short films and articles where the Bishops talk about the specific areas in which we are challenged to ensure each person is valued as we seek to build the common good.

All Catholics, and especially first-time voters, are also encouraged to join the debate on social media.

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