At the Foot of the Cross looks at the Pope’s announcement that he will create 21 new cardinals at the end of the summer, one of whom is the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments – our very own Archbishop Arthur Roche.
A former Bishop of Leeds, Cardinal-elect Roche will be elevated to the rank at a consistory on Saturday, 27 August 2022. Our General Secretary, Canon Christopher Thomas, congratulates his predecessor and explains what a consistory is and what will happen in August.
We also discuss the National Synod Day that was held in the Archdiocese of Southwark on 1 June – an occasion where 20 bishops, alongside clergy and lay people, reviewed prayerfully the draft of the national synthesis that will ultimately be sent to Rome.
Day for Life is celebrated in our parishes on Sunday, 19 June and it seems an opportune time to give you an example of where the grant money goes. We have an interview with Rachel Mackenzie from Rachel’s Vineyard, an organisation helping women, and men, recover from the trauma of abortion.
We conclude by looking back on the Holy Land Coordination with outgoing chair, Bishop Declan Lang. The annual gathering of bishops from across Europe and around the world stands in solidarity with the Christians of this complicated region to assure them they’re not alone. The bishops gathered in Jerusalem from 21-26 May.
All this and more in June’s At the Foot of the Cross.