Tuesday 21 April 2009

Benedict our Pope, Patrick our Bishop

No image can better remind us of the unity of the Church than this: our Bishop meeting with the Holy Father. The meeting took place last Wednesday at the end of the Pope's weekly General Audience in St Peter's Square. The Holy Father often meets with bishops and other guests at the end of the audience, though the meetings are very brief. Last week he departed from the usual protocol and spent a few minutes with Bishop Patrick, who was visiting Rome ahead of his retirement next week.

The Bishop presented Pope Benedict with copies of his acclaimed documents, Fit for Mission? Church and Fit for Mission? Schools. His Holiness spent some time looking through the documents and thanked Bishop Patrick for the work he had done, not only in these publications but throughout his eight years in Lancaster.

Meanwhile, in the background, another bishop took the opportunity to zoom in for a picture!

Our man in Rome sent us these pictures which were taken soon after the meeting. Above the Bishop is seen with his secretary, Fr Robert Billing, who accompanied him on the trip; below he is with Fr Peter Groody, who is currently studying in Rome.

You can read more about the meeting on the diocesan website: click here.