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Celebrating the Cardinal's Peace

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Celebrating the Cardinal's Peace

26th August 2014
On Sunday 14th September, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will lead a Mass celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Great Dock Strike.

This strike saw around 130,000 dock workers walk out over low wages and desperately poor working conditions and it was Cardinal Manning, then the Archbishop of Westminster, whose attempts at conciliation between the dock workers and employers helped bring about the end of the strike on 14th September 1889.

To mark this great achievement, known locally as the ‘Cardinal’s Peace’, Caritas Anchor House and the Catholic community of East London have organised a special Mass at St Mary’s and St Michael’s Catholic Church, which will be followed by a reception in the nearby Bishop Challoner school.

This Mass follows on from the recent Catholic Social Teaching conference (see report below), which celebrated the role of Cardinal Manning in the resolution of the strike and reflected on the remarkable effect it had on later generations. Great inspiration was taken from the ordinary working people, who, despite powerful opposition, came together and organised themselves to negotiate improved pay and conditions.

For more details on the Mass and reception, and to book a place, please contact Chris Driscoll at or call 020 7476 6062.

Mass flyer (PDF)

CST Report (PDF)

Venue: St Mary’s and St Michael’s Catholic Church.
Address: 2 Lukin Street, London E1 0AA
Time: 6pm

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