Monday, 4 April 2011


Pastor Terry Jones who runs a small inconsequential fundamentalist evangelical chapel in Florida decided, in March, to burn the Koran after putting it on “trial”. He then featured this act of bigotry on YouTube with the result that seven United Nations workers have been brutally murdered in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan when thousands of protestors mobbed the United Nations building. A further 17 people have been murdered following the protests which began last Friday.

The United Nations workers were in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people and they suffered martyrdom because of the crass stupidity of Terry Jones in taking the action he took and in the consequent barbaric action taken by totally ruthless Afghan extremists.

For a long time I have questioned why we, the British, are in Afghanistan and what we can ever hope to achieve by our military action there. Please keep Afghanistan in your prayers.


Today I received a letter from Bishop Lindsay Urwin which related that the two Franciscans attached to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham have left to join the Friars Minor of the RC Church. They will be sadly missed at the Shrine where, in the short time they have been there, they have made a big impression. I wish them every blessing in their new community.

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