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Remembering The Queen | Episode 6

At the Foot of the Cross
Remembering The Queen | Episode 6

An awful lot of water has passed under the bridge since our summer At the Foot of the Cross podcast. In a month in which we lost our longest-serving monarch, it’s only fitting that we start by discussing the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Tributes, mourning, Requiem Masses, Bishops’ messages of prayer and condolence – there has been an outpouring of grief across our nations culminating in the funeral of The Queen on Monday, 19 September. Our regular studio guest, General Secretary Canon Christopher Thomas, offers his personal reflections on a much-loved sovereign and a woman of faith and longevity.

Canon Thomas also discusses the continental phase of the synodal process and looks forward to the jubilee year of 2025 and how the preceding two years will be spent leading up to it.

September saw two special ‘Sundays’ in the Church’s calendar – Evangelii Gaudium Sunday and Education Sunday. In addition, the last Sunday of the month is given over as a world day of prayer for migrants and refugees enabling us to stand in solidarity with them, pray for them and celebrate their contribution to our communities. Our Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees, Bishop Paul McAleenan, joins us to reflect on Pope Francis’ message for the day and talks about how the Church helps those in genuine need and those seeking a better life on our shores.

It can’t have escaped your attention that we’re deep into the Season of Creation – a full month in which we celebrate God’s great gift of the natural world and how we can be better custodians of it, in the face of the climate crisis. Bishop John Arnold of Salford, who has our environment brief, joins us to discuss our environmental work and to discuss the Bishops’ updated teaching document on the subject – the soon to be released ‘Call of Creation’.


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