Letter: Blair in church

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The Independent Online
THE CAPTION to your picture of the Prime Minister at church during the Labour Party Conference (4 March) is incorrect. The service was not a Catholic Mass, but an Anglican Eucharist celebrated in Brighton Parish Church by the Bishop of Chichester (who also appears in your picture greeting Mrs Blair). The Prime Minister is pictured in conversation with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton who had been invited to preach at the service.

The occasion aptly illustrates the Prime Minister's ecumenical outlook, as well as the convergence of the churches, rather than any "turning to Rome".

Canon PETER ATKINSON

Chichester, West Sussex

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