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Friendship between Catholics and Anglican was strengthened on Friday, January 25 at the annual Catholic Mass in Peterborough’s Anglican Cathedral in remembrance of the anniversary of Katharine of Aragon’s death.

The Mass took place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Holy Eucharist was presided over by Fr Jeffrey Downie, the new Dean of Peterborough and concelebrated by Frs Seelan of St Oswald’s and Fr Adam and Fr Walde of All Souls; with the assistance of the deacons: John and Claudio.

Fr Adam preached the homily and said: “Even when differences separate us, we acknowledge that we belong to the redeemed people, to the same family of brothers and sisters loved by the one Father.

“I believe that Katharine, whose 483rd death anniversary we celebrate this January, will help us to appreciate the grace of God given to his church.  When we go to her tombstone at the end of this Eucharist, we can think of: ‘A queen cherished by the English people for her loyalty, piety, courage and compassion.’”

Afterwards Fr Adam said: “There were many Catholic parishioners in attendance and the whole Liturgy strengthened the friendship between Catholics and our Anglican brothers and sisters.”

Pictured above is the Katharine of Aragon Mass at Peterborough Cathedral.