Whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams said that wearing a cross is just a “religious decoration” for many people and not an essential part of Christianity Catholics in England and Wales have been encouraged by their Bishops to ‘proudly display symbols of our faith.’
In the leaflet ‘Everyday Evangelising for Everyday Catholics, the Home Mission Desk which is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales positvely encourages Catholics to Evangelise in small ways. These include:
- Spending time in daily prayer
- recfeiving the Sacraments
- Reading the Bible daily
- Praying grace before and after meals
- Being gracious in the car park
- Respecting other peeple’s religious beliefs
- Praying before important decisions in the workpl;ace
- Sharing Christian beliefs with co-workers
‘Evangelising is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelise.’ Evangelii Nuntiandi 14.
Nothing in English law currently prohibits the wearing of a cross at work, unless it is likely to be a health and safety hazard, so Catholics should prodly wear this symbol of their faith, openly and in public and should not be prevented from doing so.