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Locations: Coventry, Dublin, Derry


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RCHBISHOP CARDINALE, the Apostolic Delegate, became the first Papal Delegate to preach in an Anglican Cathedral since the Reformation when he spoke in Coventry Cathedral last Sunday.

He was welcomed by Dr. Cuthbert Bardsley, Bishop of Coventry, who said the occasion was one of the most remarkable and significant in the Church's history.

"We are beginning to recognise that there. is much more on which we agree than on which we disagree."

The Archbishop. who was speaking as part of "Vision of Europe Week," was interrupted when he began to speak by a man shouting anti-Roman Catholic slogans. The interrupter. Mr. Thomas Gillespie Manly, aged 70, of Fast Tuddenharn, near Derham Norfolk, said later: "This service is a betrayal of the Reformation."


On Saturday. about 600 members of Protestant societies, led by a pipe band. marched through the city carrying anti-Roman Catholic banners.

The Provost of the Cathedral. the Very Rev. Harold Williams, said the protests were "narrow, bigoted and unChristian."

The Archbishop told the congregation: "Would that all large religious houses incorporated a Chapel of Unity, as a meeting point for prayer and study, and the creation of mutual trust, such as the Chapel of Unity provided by this Cathedral!

"Ecumenism is an apostolate particularly suited to every re ligious rule. The chief agents of religious spirituality are in fact. prayer and reformation of life. which the Decree on Ecumenism calls "the soul of the whole ecumenical movement.

"Brotherly love is the basis of ecumenical relationships. In the traditional spirit of religious charity and hospitality. open your doors more and more to all Christians, aye to all men, regardless of belief. so that witnessing your lives patterned on Christ's own example, they may be attracted to follow His way of holiness and truth. For the more men advance together in Christian perfection, the closer thus come to Christ. the one Master and Mediator of all.

"The Decree on the renewal and adaptation of Religious Orders provides a blueprint for common inspiration and action. If all Religious followed its call to holiness, what a powerful force they would constitute for the progress of Christian unity!

EXHIBITION An exhibition of photographs depicting "Modem Life and the Monk" is a feature of the Catholic and Anglican Benedictines' contribution to the week. The exhibition. which will last three weeks, starts in the Chapel of Unity and continues down the left-hand side of the cathedral with the history and spread of Benedictinism through Europe.

NEW CHURCH On Saturday the Archbishop opened and blessed the new Church of the Holy Family, at Kersley, near Coventry. It is unique in several ways but the most important is that it is probably the first Catholic Church built in Britain by direct labour.

The parish priest Fr. Arthur Diamond. a native of Derry, recruited the labour and bought the materials needed to complete the building. He spent about f 00,000—without furnishings.

The church can seat 800 and was designed by the Dublin architects Hugo Duffy and Louis Pcppard.

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