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East Anglia seminarian serves Pope Francis in Rome

A Diocese of East Anglia seminarian from Cambridge, Piotr (Peter) Wygnanski, was chosen to serve Pope Francis during a special Mass in Rome last week to celebrate the anniversary of St Peter Chair.

Piotr is currently in his second year of training at the Venerable English College in Rome. He grew up in Cambridge and was an altar server at St Laurence's Parish for 11 years.

Piotr said: "We were really blessed to serve for the Holy Father, especially on the feast of the Chair of Peter. It was such an opportunity to reflect on our Church and its apostolic roots. As the successor to St Peter, Pope Francis leads us all in the truth that has been handed down to us over the last two thousand years, and seeing his humility and prayerfulness up-close will be a source of inspiration for many years to come."

Piotr studied electronic engineering at Warwick University and worked in industry in London before beginning his studies in Rome. He was a member of the Diocesan Youth Council for many years and helped to lead pilgrimages to Taize and World Youth Days.

He regularly returns to Cambridge to visit his family and will be accompanying the East Anglian diocesan pilgrimage to Poland for World Youth Day this summer and the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Pictured above is Piotr Wygnanski, left, serving Pope Francis during a Mass in Rome last week.