Archbishops of Birmingham and Southwark to receive pallium

TWO English archbishops are among the 38 expected to take part in a Eucharistic concelebration with Pope Benedict XVI next Tuesday and received the pallium, the symbol of metropolitan authority, from the Holy Father.

The pallium, a round woollen band with two black-tipped strips, is worn around the shoulders over liturgical vestments to evoke the image of the Good Shepherd carrying a sheep back to the fold.

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark are due to take part in the celebrations on the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul Apostles.

Pope Benedict will visit Archbishop Longley’s diocese to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman during his Papal visit to Britain in September.


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