Reading, Berkshire

Bishop creates Britain’s first ‘personal parish’ for Old Mass

The bishop of Portsmouth has established a “personal parish” in Reading for Catholics attached to the traditional Latin Mass. It is the first of its kind in Britain. The parish, dedicated to St John Fisher, will be served by priests from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). It is provisionally based at St William of York Church. Bishop Philip Egan said he was keen that all Catholics in the diocese have the chance to participate in the “full range of the Roman liturgy”. A personal parish does not have a defined geographic area but consists of Catholics who follow a particular rite or style of worship or speak a minority language.


Report reveals thousands of abuse cases in German Church

About 3,700 children in Germany were assaulted by priests between 1945 and 2014, according to a leaked report. The four-year study, which the bishops had planned to discuss at their next plenary assembly implicated 1,670 priests, only a third of whom have been prosecuted. Other accused priests have been moved between parishes. Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier said the results of the study were “depressing and shameful”. Meanwhile, a report from the Dutch NRC daily claimed that half of Netherlands’ bishops were involved in covering up abuse between 1945 and 2010.


Pope to visit Japan

Pope Francis has told a Japanese delegation at the Vatican that he hopes to visit Japan next year. The Pope received an invitation from Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, in 2013. In May the mayors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima also wrote to the Pope urging him to visit.

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