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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Anti-apartheid priest to preach in London
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¬†Anglican priest, Fr Michael Lapsley, the renowned anti-apartheid campaigner who lost his hands to a letter bomb from the former South African regime, is to preach a message of reconciliation in King's Cross, London this Sunday. Fr Lapsley will preach at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Cromer Street, off Judd Street, London WC1, at 11am. Fr Michael, 57, is now based in Cape Town, South Africa, as Southern African Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Mission and Director of the Institute for the Healing of Memories. Born in New Zealand, he became chaplain of the African National Congress and was banned from South Africa in 1976. In 1990 he opened a letter bomb concealed in a theological journal and lost and eye and both his hands. He subsequently founded the Institute for the Healing of Memories, which enables individuals to discuss and confront their own traumatic experiences. The Institute's workshops focussed initially on the victims of apartheid in South Africa but have since been held in a number of countries ≠ including Northern Ireland. Father Lapsley is the subject of a biography, Priest and Partisan: A South African Journey (1996) by the South African priest and theologian Michael Worsnip. Fr Christopher Cawrse, parish priest of Holy Cross Church said: "The last time Fr Lapsley preached in the UK was at Westminster Abbey. We are delighted he has now accepted our invitation to come to King's Cross to speak to us at Holy Cross Church". For further information see: Institute for the Healing of Memories: http://www.healingofmemories.co.za
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