AMONG the 50,000 people ex
pected in St. Peter's on Sunday for the first canonisation of the Holy Year—that of Blessed Emilie de Rodat—will be 700 pilgrims from England and Wares.
They left London yesterday (Thursday) with the national pilgrimage under the leadership of the Archbishop of Birmingham.
Mgr. Masterson is accompanied by the Archbishop of Cardiff, Mgr. McGrath, the Bishop of Plymouth, Mgr. Grimshaw, the Bishop of Menevia, Mgr. Petit, the Bishop of Northampton. Mgr. Parker, the Coadjutor Bishop of Brentwood, Mgr. Beck, and Mgr. Craven, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster.
This is the first of two national pilgrimages from this country. The second, for which many have already booked, will be in October.
Cardinal Griffin and many other Archbishops and Bishops will be going to Rome then to mark the centenary of the restoration of the Hierarchy.