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Bishop of Lichfield admits visit by London pilgrims was all the more poignant after terror attacks

The Bishop of Lichfield says a visit by pilgrims from London had become all the more poignant following the recent terror attacks.

Pilgrims during their visit to Lichfield

Pilgrims during their visit to Lichfield

The Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave welcomed the group of 90 from his former diocese in London.

After being given a tour of Lichfield Cathedral, they celebrated the Eucharist and visited the nearby historic St Chad’s Well at St Chad’s Church before returning to the Bishop’s house for food.

Fr Stanley Njoka from Woolwich and Bishop Michael Ipgrave, with Revd Canon Andrew Stead and Revd Canon Pat Hawkins, both from Lichfield Cathedral

Fr Stanley Njoka from Woolwich and Bishop Michael Ipgrave, with Revd Canon Andrew Stead and Revd Canon Pat Hawkins, both from Lichfield Cathedral

“I was delighted to welcome friends from Woolwich to Lichfield on Saturday,” Bishop Michael said. “The pilgrimage was planned months ago but it was especially poignant following the terrorist attack.

“The murders took place in a small area which I visited every day for 12 years, where my office was, and where I went to pray in Southwark Cathedral most days.

“We stood together in Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday and prayed and lit candles for those affected by the terrible events of 3 June, and for Bishop Christopher and the clergy and people of Southwark Cathedral.

“There was also joy in the time we spent together. I was blessed to serve in a diverse church in Woolwich with minority ethnic members and leaders and the same is now true in Lichfield Diocese.

“I am keen to raise the profile of minority ethnic Anglicans further so that we can move forwards to be a truly welcoming and diverse church that blesses all our local communities.”

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