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ARCHBISHOP MURPHY FOR PRINCE'S INVESTITURE

BY A STAFF REPORTER ARCHBISHOP MURPHY of Cardiff and

Bishop Langton Fox, Auxiliary of Menevia, have accepted invitations to join in an ecumenical service at Caernarvon on July 1, when Prince Charles is invested as Prince of Wales.

It will be the first time since the Reformation that a Catholic prelate has taken part in a royal investiture.

Archbishop Murphy, who is chairman of the religious committee for the investiture, will recite a prayer for Prince Charles. Bishop Langton Fox will lead a public recitation of the Lord's Prayer.

Dr. Glyn Simon, Anglican Archbishop of Wales, who is a member of Archbishop Murphy's committee, will recite a prayer for unity, and the Rev. Gwilym Owen, president of the Free Church Council of Wales, will give the blessing. They will speak in Welsh. Archbishop Murphy will speak in English.

PROTEST The invitations to the Catholic bishops prompted a protest to Mr. Wilson, the Prime Minister, by the London-based United Protestant Council. The bishops' presence, it urged, would "gravely misrepresent the ecclesiastical position in Wales."

The 'Free Church Council of Wales, however, defended the invitations. Mr. Owen denied that there was any ill-feeling on the subject among Welsh Nonconformists. "The order of service was decided by a subcommittee containing representatives of all denominations," he said. "I know of no complaints."

The Rev, H. J. Williams, secretary of the Welsh Baptist Union, comments: "It is mysterious that this body in London should complain and yet we in Wales are quite happy about the service."

Vatican post for Bishop Foley .

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caster was appointed by the Pope on Monday as a member of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.




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