St Peter and All Souls is set to host the special Mass on November 10 at 6pm to welcome the leader of the Catholic Church of East Timor, His Eminence Cardinal Virgilio do Carmo. His visit has received strong support from Bishop Peter Collins, and serves as a part of the dignitary’s visit to various communities in the UK.
In a letter to Bishop Peter, His Excellency Joao Paulo Rangel, Ambassador of East Timor to the UK, requested support and authorization: “As a Catholic, I deeply appreciate your dedication to serving our community in Peterborough through Fr Adam Sowa. Your commitment to spreading God’s love and compassion is an inspiration to us and many others. Cardinal Virgilio do Carmo will be conducting his first ever pastoral visit to our communities in the UK, starting in Oxford and continuing as far as Northern Ireland. We sincerely value your kind authorisation for such activities to take place in the parish.”
The day will commence with a meeting with the East Timor community from 11am to 1pm, followed by a luncheon with the Peterborough Deanery Clergy at All Souls Presbytery at 1:30pm. There will also be a visit to Peterborough Cathedral from 3pm to 5pm before the special Mass for the East Timor community at St Peter and All Souls Church at 6pm.
The occasion promises to be an enriching spiritual and cultural exchange, enhancing ties between the Catholic communities in the UK and East Timor.