With the Chinese in London

I was in London for the Chinese Autumn Festival and got a look at the preparations in China Town. In the centre of the area is the ‘French Church’ where the Chinese Catholic Community meet.

Many of the members work in the nearby restaurants and businesses.

The Chaplain, a priest from mainland China, is kept busy visiting small communities around the country such as in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, and also in Scotland.

While I was there news came out of the Beijing-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops. It is causing much confusion and unhappiness in Chinese Catholic circles around the world.

In London I used the Underground a lot. At one of the stations there was an announcement, ‘Alight here for Buckingham Palace’. I looked out but could not see the Queen alighting. However, it was good to know she has her own stop.

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