Cardinal Vincent Nichols will join other churches leaders at a rally in Trafalgar Square this Saturday (April 6) to call for an end to knife crime.

The church leaders will stand alongside young people, families and communities affected by the scourge of violent crime at the ecumenical event.

They believe this violence must be challenged and will stand shoulder to shoulder with those most affected, united in demanding action and encouraging communities to come together.

Cardinal Nichols said more and more priests have been raising the issue of knife crime and youth violence.

“On Saturday we will be speaking up for young people today, for their generosity and sense of justice,” he said.

“We will be speaking out against knife crime. We will be lamenting with all who have lost loved ones or suffering injuries on our streets at this time.”

A BBC report on Home Office figures in January indicated a 19% increase in violent crime recorded by police in England and Wales in 2018 compared to the previous year.

Churches are deeply concerned that violent crime involving young people is a life and death issue that has not been given the due concern and attention it rightly deserves.

Organisers called on Catholics in parishes, communities and schools to take part in this cooperative effort.

The rally takes place from 2pm to 4pm.

Church leaders will stand alongside young people, families and communities affected by the scourge of violent crime at the ecumenical event.

They believe this violence must be challenged and will stand shoulder to shoulder with those most affected, united in demanding action and encouraging communities to come together.

Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, who will be attending, said more and more priests have been raising the issue of knife crime and youth violence.

“On Saturday we will be speaking up for young people today, for their generosity and sense of justice,” he said.

“We will be speaking out against knife crime. We will be lamenting with all who have lost loved ones or suffering injuries on our streets at this time.”

A BBC report on Home Office figures in January indicated a 19% increase in violent crime recorded by police in England and Wales in 2018 compared to the previous year.

Churches are deeply concerned that violent crime involving young people is a life and death issue that has not been given the due concern and attention it rightly deserves.

Organisers called on Catholics in parishes, communities and schools to take part in this cooperative effort.

The rally takes place from 2pm to 4pm.

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