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Fr Stephen Pritchard has now taken up residence in St Mary’s Presbytery and has offered to help out in our two parishes during the coming weeks. This will only be for a couple of months because he has now been appointed to succeed Fr Philip Inch at Our Lady of the Assumption in the autumn. We wish both of them every happiness in their now appointments. Fr Philip is going to Penwortham.
Marie Alphonsine Ghattas from Jerusalem & Mariam Bawardy from Ibillin (Galilee) are 2 Palestinian nuns from 19th century Ottoman Palestine. They will be canonised (honoured with sainthood) by Pope Francis on 17 May 2015 (Sunday) at St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Sister Marie was an educator who founded inter alia the Rosary Sisters Schools and Sister Mariam was a Carmelite mystic. The canonisation concludes a vigilant process of beatification.
Christian churches & organisations who wonder at times how [best] to highlight their witness & solidarity should perhaps not underestimate the significance of an event that weaves together so many strands.
Also attending the canonisation will be Mahmoud Abbas, president of the PA, and the treaty recognising Palestine as a State might well be signed during this visit too.
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