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Catholics mark first anniversary of Pope’s visit with Blessed Sacrament procession

Several hundred Catholics joined a procession of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday from Westminster Cathedral to St George's Cathedral in Southwark to celebrate the first anniversary of the Pope's visit to London.

Catholics mark first anniversary of Pope’s visit with Blessed Sacrament procession
Catholics mark first anniversary of Pope’s visit with Blessed Sacrament procession

The Blessed Sacrament was carried by Bishop Alan Hopes whilst those joining the procession sang hymns and prayed the Rosary.

Participants included the dean of St George's Cathedral, Canon John O'Toole, and Fr John Diver.

The procession between London's two Roman Catholic cathedrals crossed the Thames at Lambeth Bridge.

It is just over a year since Pope Benedict XVI travelled across the bridge in his Popemobile after a visit to Lambeth Palace.

The procession concluded with a service of Benediction at St George's Cathedral.

Saturday's procession also marked the first anniversary of the beatification of John Henry Newman.

In 1847, after ordination in Rome, Newman celebrated his first Mass in England at St George's.

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