King Charles hosted a reception for senior religious leaders at Buckingham Palace this evening. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy, The Right Reverend David Hoyle and Reverend Helen Cameron of the Churches Group free, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Imam Dr. Asim Yusuf were among the guests.
During his speech, the King, who is now Supreme Governor of the Church of England, affirmed his commitment to his role as religious leader, saying his work must include “protecting the space of faith itself. same”.
He said: “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet you all, so soon after joining, in what is inevitably the saddest of circumstances for me and my family. I have been most How touched by your kind words of condolence. Perhaps I can say that they mean a lot to me.
“I also wanted, before all of you today, to confirm my determination to fulfill my responsibilities as Sovereign of all communities in this country and the Commonwealth and in a way that reflects the world we now live in.
I am a committed Anglican Christian and at my coronation I will take an oath concerning the establishment of the Church of England. Upon my accession, I have already solemnly taken – as every sovereign has done for the past 300 years – an oath which undertakes to uphold and preserve the Protestant faith in Scotland.
“I have always seen Britain as a ‘community of communities’. This led me to realize that the Sovereign has an additional duty – less formally recognized but no less assiduously performed: that is the duty to protect the diversity of our country, including protecting the space of the Faith itself and its practice through the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals. is not only enshrined in the laws of our country, it is enjoined by my own faith.As a member of the Church of England, my Christian beliefs have love at their very heart.By my deepest beliefs deep, as well as by my position as Sovereign, I therefore hold myself bound to respect those who follow other spiritual paths, as well as those who seek to live their lives in accordance with secular ideals.
“The beliefs that flourish in and contribute to our richly diverse society differ. They and our society can only thrive through a clear collective commitment to these vital principles of freedom of conscience, generosity of spirit and concern for others which are, for me, the essence of our nation. I am determined, as King, to preserve and promote these principles in all communities and for all creeds, with all my heart.
“This belief has been the foundation of everything my beloved mother has done for our country, during her years as Queen. It has been the foundation of my own work as Prince of Wales. It will continue to be the foundation of all my work as king.”
During the reception, Cardinal Vincent Nichols had a personal conversation with the King. He said: “I assured him that the Catholic community had continued, during these days of mourning, to pray from the bottom of their hearts for his mother. He expressed his gratitude. And then, turning to me, he asked me to ensure that the Catholics of our diocese knew of his thanks and his gratitude for these prayers.