News from the Catholic Bishops' Conference

Catholic and Anglican Bishops have met in Liverpool for a two-day joint meeting that began on 1 February with a Service of Midday Prayer in the city’s Catholic Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

The bishops then took part in a ‘Fraternal Pilgrimage Walk’ down Hope Street – the famous road that links the Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral pausing at the Sheppard-Worlock memorial.

The memorial comprises of two face-to-face sculptures of two of the city’s much loved former bishops.

Archbishop Derek Worlock and his Anglican counterpart Bishop David Sheppard forged a long-lasting, genuine friendship based on working together to serve the Common Good.

The meeting was the first between the Catholic Bishops of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Church of England House of Bishops since they gathered in Leicester back in January 2019.

The photograph shows Bishop David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham and Archbishop Bernard Longley, the head of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, standing by the memorial plaque to Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock.

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