Christians in UK pray for cancer-stricken King Charles III

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Buckingham announced on Monday that King Charles III has cancer. Faced with this diagnosis, Christian leaders in the United Kingdom are praying for the health of the monarch. 

King Charles III's cancer made the front pages of all British newspapers on Tuesday, following the announcement of his illness the day before. Buckingham Palace revealed that the cancer was discovered during a recent prostate operation and added that the king had started treatment. 

Charles III “remains totally positive” and “looks forward to fully resuming his public duties as soon as possible,” the statement also said, without revealing the type of cancer from which he suffers. 

“Her Majesty has chosen to share her diagnosis to avoid speculation and in the hope that it may help the public understand all those around the world affected by cancer,” the document concludes.

Faced with this diagnosis, several Christian leaders in the country announced that they were praying for the healing of the monarch as well as for his family.

Starting with the spiritual leader of the Church of England, Justin Welby who wrote on Twitter praying for the king and wishing him “a speedy and full recovery”. 

"I pray for the King and his family, for God's comfort and strength in the weeks and months to come. I wish His Majesty a speedy and full recovery."

Christian today reports that the director of the Evangelical Alliance of the United Kingdom, Gavin Calver, for his part said he was “sorry to learn” of this diagnosis. “Let us pray for a speedy and full recovery and for all those caring for him during this difficult time,” he added.

Bishop Mike Royal, general secretary of Churches Together in England, said that "all members of Churches Together in England are praying for a full and speedy recovery for His Majesty King Charles III as he undergoes medical treatment for cancer." . May the royal family be strengthened at this time." 

The Bishop of Winchester, Philip Mounstephen, for his part spoke "on behalf of the entire diocese of Winchester" claiming to be "very concerned by the announcement of His Majesty's illness". “I assure her and the Queen of our prayers for her return to full health,” he continued. 

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols also spoke. “I am saddened to learn that King Charles is now facing a period of treatment for cancer,” he said, adding to pray, alongside all Catholics in the country, for “his full and speedy recovery ".

“God bless the King,” concluded the Catholic leader. 

Camille Westphal Perrier

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