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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Pope's ambassador visit Arundel & Brighton Diocese
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¬†Te Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, Pope Benedict's representative in Great Britain, visited the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton covering Surrey and Sussex to meet the people and clergy of the diocese. In particular he visited St Wilfrid's Catholic School, Crawley to see the progress of the building works for the new school and bless the new building. This visit was part of a three day tour of Arundel and Brighton, which covers Sussex, Surrey, and Brighton and Hove. At St Wilfrid's the Archbishop met some of the staff, students and governors of the school together with the five local primary school heads. The school was founded in 1953 and has grown to meet the growing population of Crawley. The new school will cost £24 Million and will have room for more than 900 students from 11-18 years of age. The new St Wilfrid's will be opened on the existing site in February 2008 and will have educational facilities to offer which are second-to-none. The new building which is based on the Christian symbol of the fish will include a chapel as a visible sign of the centrality of the Catholic faith to the schools daily life as well as a new learning centre as a resource for the local community. For these the school must itself raise three-quarters of a million. Head Girl, Jo Lay said: "I and the rest of the school were really excited about the visit of the Archbishop. He will now be able to tell the Pope about the good things the Catholic community in Surrey and Sussex for young people." In a busy schedule the Archbishop also met with the Clergy of the Diocese at a gathering in Epsom, diocesan workers based in Crawley at the Christian Education Centre, various groups of Catholic School teachers, the Monastic communities at Parkminster, near Cowfold, Worth Abbey, near Crawley and Crossbush, near Arundel before finally celebrating Mass for the diocese at Arundel Cathedral. Bishop Kieran Conry, who is the leader of the Roman Catholics in Arundel and Brighton Diocese said: "I am immensely proud of what is being done in this part of the world in the name of the Catholic Church. The Nuncio told me that he felt he had seen a healthy and happy diocese during his visit. He saw not different aspects of the life of the diocese from our young people at St Wilfrid's School to the amazing work of the clergy and lay people in the diocese for each other and the world at large." Source: Diocese of Arundel & Brighton
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