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Bishop of Lichfield joins walk to mark 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Almost 150 people have taken part in a walk of friendship from Birmingham to Lichfield.

The group, which included the Anglican bishops of Lichfield and Birmingham and the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by taking on the 18-mile St Chad Pilgrimage.

The Bishop of Lichfield taking part in the walk

The Bishop of Lichfield taking part in the walk

The walk began at the Midlands hub of the Roman Catholic Church – the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham – and ended at Lichfield Cathedral, which was founded in AD 700 on Chad’s burial site.

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said: “The example of St Chad is as relevant today as it was over 1,300 years ago when he became the first Bishop of Lichfield.

“Chad, a Northumbrian, crossed boundaries in a pioneer ministry, winning over the pagan Mercians throughout what is now the modern-day Midlands.

“It was fantastic to journey as 21st Century pilgrims together from Birmingham to Lichfield and follow in Chad’s footsteps, building bridges of trust, kinship and kindness.”

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Revd Bernard Longley, said he was pleased to be part of such a public show of unity.

“I was delighted to take part in the ecumenical pilgrimage walk with Bishop Michael and representatives from so many branches of the church.

“Walking, praying and witnessing together in this way was a practical demonstration of our commitment to the unity of the Church and our mutual regard for the legacy of the great missionary, St Chad.”

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