Catholics in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, have a new focus of prayer in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows in a chapel set apart in honour of three people recently beatified.
Photographs of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II have been placed in an area of the church that has been largely unused in recent years. A votive candle stand and a kneeler for private prayer help to make the chapel a popular place of prayer.
The photo of Blessed Pope John Paul II was ready in time for his beatification on May 2. The chapel was blessed on October 8, the eve of Blessed John Henry Newman’s feast day.
Parish priest Fr Tony Churchill said: “Pope John Paul was always keen to put before us models of holiness from our own times. Many of us will have seen or even met both Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul. Others have always had a fascination for Cardinal Newman. I hope that they will help to make holiness seem more accessible.”