Cardinal offers prayers of “entire Catholic community” for King’s speedy recovery

Following the announcement today (5th February) that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, Cardinal Vincent Nichols issued the following statement:

‘I am saddened to learn that His Majesty King Charles is now facing a time of treatment for cancer. On behalf of the entire Catholic Community in England and Wales, I offer His Majesty our warmest wishes and assurance of steadfast prayers for his full and speedy recovery.

‘God bless the King.’

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and began treatment today, Buckingham Palace said. The cancer was identified during the King’s recent hospital treatment for a benign enlarged prostate.

“A separate issue of concern was noted,” the Palace says, and “subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer” though its exact nature has not been confirmed.

Charles, 75, has been advised to postpone public duties, but will “undertake state duties” and continue to meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak weekly. He is being treated as an out-patient, and is at home in London on Monday night, the Palace says.

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