Monthly Archives: June 2015

Statement by Bishop Declan Lang

I learnt with sadness yesterday of the death of HB Nerses Bedros XIX, the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia.

The late patriarch was born in Egypt, studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and served his ministry in Egypt until his election as Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church in October 1999.

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The first pilgrimage to Glastonbury in modern times was in 1895 to celebrate the beatification of Abbot Richard Whiting, on the anniversary of his martyrdom 1539 when thousands of pilgrims from all over the country arrived by train and climbed the Tor where Mass was said. Pilgrimages took place after both World Wars by pilgrims in thanksgiving for their survival.

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On Friday evening St James Priory in the heart of Bristol played host to our first Celebrating Young People event in the Clifton Diocese.

The aim of the event was to recognise the contribution young people, and those who work with them, have made to their local community and the diocese, whilst also giving people an update on Youth Ministry in Clifton.

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In 2014 a series of simple conversations took place in four venues in our diocese giving Fr Christopher Whitehead from the Diocesan Adult Education Department the opportunity to listen to RCIA teams, coordinators, and catechists by way of exploring ways in which to best support the RCIA process in our parish communities.

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