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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Stamp of approval for Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral
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¬†Liverpool's famous Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ The King, features on a special 48p postage stamp: 'the Spiritual Heart of Liverpool', issued on Friday 20 April by the Isle of Man Post Office, writes Peter Jennings. The value on this engaging stamp, 48p, is the postage rate for letters from the Isle of Man, part of the Archdiocese Liverpool, to Europe. The stamp of a set of six issued to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the Royal Charter of Liverpool, also shows Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ The King was consecrated 40 years ago, on 14 May 1967. Pope John Paul II visited both Liverpool Cathedrals during his Pastoral Visit to Great Britain 25 years ago. Large crowds lined the route of the Pope's motorcade into the centre of Liverpool from Speke Airport on Pentecost Sunday, 30 May 1982. His journey to the Metropolitan Cathedral took him through Toxteth, scene of street rioting the previous summer. On the way Pope John Paul stopped to take part in a short service at the Anglican Cathedral, where he was welcomed by Bishop David Shepherd, Bishop of Liverpool. Pope John Paul travelled along Hope Street to the Metropolitan Cathedral where he was welcomed by Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool. In the Cathedral of Christ The King, Pope John Paul celebrated the Mass of Pentecost for more than 2,000 Catholics drawn from throughout the Northern Province. Pope John Paul began his homily: "As Pentecost Sunday draws to its close, we have come to this Church, the Cathedral Church of Christ the King, here in Liverpool, to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of Christian life and the Sacrament of unity and love." After Mass Pope John Paul II went to the Cathedral Piazza, where he was greeted in word and song by hundreds of young people from Liverpool. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who was born and brought in Crosby, Liverpool, welcomed the stamp. He said: "It is lovely to see Liverpool's two great Cathedrals on this new Isle of Man stamp." The Archbishop of Birmingham added: "The release of this stamp will bring back memories of the great events that have taken place in these two Cathedrals, which are rightly described as: 'the Spiritual heart of Liverpool'." Mrs Dot Tilbury, Manager of the Isle of Man Philatelic Bureau, said: "With the assistance of the Liverpool Echo, its readers chose the subjects for the six stamps to celebrate Liverpool, the City of Culture ≠ spirituality figured highly in their choice. "On the 48p stamp we aimed to illustrate not only the physical presence the churches have in this great city but the many friendships forged between the people from the Isle of Man and Liverpool on special occasions such as the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982." For further information about this stamp issue see
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