Friday, 24 November 2017

Bishop Richard Moth to be appointed Canon of Honour of Chichester Cathedral

Bishop Richard Moth (l) with Bishop Martin (r)
at opening of Holy Door in Chichester Cathedral in 2016
The Bishop of Chichester, Rt Rev Martin Warner has appointed the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, the Rt Rev Richard Moth, as one of the 5 Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.

Bishop Martin writes:
“Bishop Richard Moth is no stranger to Chichester Cathedral. At the outset of the Year of Mercy (2016) he and I attended the opening ceremonies in the cathedrals of Chichester and Arundel. It was an ecumenical gesture that did not happen anywhere else.

The fruits of that Year were seen in shared attention to those in need. In the diocese of Chichester we gave particular attention to Syrian refugees, following an inspiring presentation at the Diocesan Synod on the support from the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton for Voices in Exile in Brighton. Since then Bishop Richard has also taken the lead in coordinating ecumenical relations in Sussex, an important initiative in which the Bishop of Lewes is the Anglican representative.

The recent death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor has reminded us of the close links that were nurtured in his time between the Anglican and Roman Catholic dioceses that serve across the whole of Sussex. We are the inheritors of that goodwill. The appointment of Bishop Richard is a joyful expression of our commitment to that inheritance.”


Bishop Richard will be installed as a Canon of Honour at Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 11 February at 3.30pm in the context of Choral Evensong.

Friday, 17 November 2017

World Day of the Poor - 19 November - Tent Hospital opens in the Vatican



World Day of the Poor, an initiative launched by Pope Francis, will be celebrated this Sunday, November 19.

To celebrate, doctors, nurses, soldiers and volunteers have been taking care of the homeless of Rome in this tent in St. Peter's Square for the last few days.

Once they arrive and have filled out a questionnaire, they are directed to the medical unit most suited for their needs.

DR. LUCA CIPRIANO
Gynecologist
“From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., we are ready to tend to all of the poor pilgrims who need a visit.”

Doctor Luca Cipriano assures homeless people sometimes don't ask for help out of fear of being judged.

This project hopes to challenge indifference. Pope Francis has spoken on many occasions about the culture of dismissal, and that's why he wants this hospital to encourage a culture of encounter.

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA
President, Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization
“If you look at the logo, there are two hands, but you can't tell which one is the rich and which one is the poor, if it is inviting to leave or to enter. You can't tell, and that was done on purpose. To remind us that we need each other and that each one of us has riches and poverties; also, that poor people have great riches to offer us.”

The less fortunate have their own World Day for the first time, and not just this year, but every year from now on.

More than four thousand homeless people are expected to attend the World Day celebration this Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica. After, Pope Francis will have lunch with 1,500 of the poor in the Paul VI Audience Hall. There will also be lunch for the most needy in different parts of Rome.