Faith groups were strongly evident in a mass rally against Government plans to renew the Trident nuclear missile system last weekend.
Hundreds of people of faith, including Pax Christi members from around the country, members of Catholic Workers, Justice and Peace Scotland, the National Justice and Peace Network, members of religious orders and Christians of all denominations gathered for prayer at Hinde Street Methodist Church before setting off on the Stop Trident march and rally in Trafalgar Square.
The march was called by CND and supported by NGOs, trade unions and other peace groups and attracted tens of thousands of people.
In Trafalgar Square speeches were made by political and religious leaders, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales.
Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford, said: “We – people of faith and people of peace – must become a movement of mass disruption. We must patiently, peacefully and doggedly remind the world of the legal, moral, financial and military reasons why nuclear weapons must be consigned to the dustbin of history.”
Faith leaders, including Bishop Thomas McMahon, read from a multifaith statement against nuclear weapons.