News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool


Monday 11 February is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and it is also marked worldwide as a Day of Prayer for the Sick and those who care for them.  Each year the authorities at the Shrine in Lourdes offer a pilgrimage theme, our main feature this month reflects on the theme for 2019: ‘Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs’ (Luke 6:20) and ties it in with the theme Pope Francis has for his Day of Prayer message: ‘You received without payment; give without payment’ (Matthew 10:8).  We remember in prayer the sick and all who care for them both at home and while they are on pilgrimage.


Just before Christmas our cartoonist and longest serving contributor to the ‘Catholic Pictorial’, Bernard Atherton, died at the age of 91.  We pay tribute to his artistry, his humour and his love of family life.  He was a true gentleman and a genius in his work; we give thanks for his 55 years of faithful service to the ‘Pic’.


On Sunday 3 February Archbishop Malcolm will inaugurate Synod 2020 in a Service at 3.00 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral to which all are invited.  As we continue our journey prayer must remain the centre of our preparation.

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We pay tribute to his artistry, his humour and his love of family life

Peter H