Liverpool: looking to the future of evangelisation

liverpool cathedral.JPGThe Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly was amongst a dozen leaders of major European dioceses who attended a summit meeting at the recently established Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation here in the Vatican on Monday. The cardinals and bishops from Barcelona, Budapest, Brussels, Cologne, Dublin, Lisbon, Liverpool, Paris, Turin, Warsaw and Vienna were called in to share ideas with the council’s president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, for a pilot project aimed at revitalising the Church in their cities.

With its past history as a centre of the slave trade, its difficult journey from mass immigration to a model of ecumenical cooperation and its futuristic Metropolitan Cathedral, the northern English city of Liverpool has a rich Catholic tradition to draw on for this task – as Philippa Hitchen found out when she sat down with Archbishop Kelly at the end of the closed door meeting….

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