Former Anglican Priest Installed as Catholic Bishop in England

Bishop Alan Hopes was installed at the Catholic cathedral in Norwich

Bishop Alan Hopes. The BBC reports:

The new Roman Catholic Bishop for the diocese of East Anglia, who previously served as a Church of England priest, has been installed.

The Right Reverend Alan Hopes, 69, was welcomed at the West Door of the Catholic cathedral in Norwich before the two-hour Mass of Installation.

Bishop Alan will lead Roman Catholics in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

He succeeds the Right Reverend Michael Evans, who died of cancer in 2011.

The cathedral was at full capacity of nearly 2,000 people to witness the ceremony led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster.

Bishop Hopes was born in Oxford in 1944 and moved to London with his parents in 1956 when he attended Enfield Grammar School.

He read for a degree in theology at King’s College in London and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1968.

He was received into the Catholic Church in 1994 and was ordained a priest a year later serving in parishes in Kensington and Chelsea.

Ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster in 2003 he became chairman for the department clergy and consecrated life.

At the installation Bishop Hopes said the people of East Anglia had waited a long time for a new bishop.




Attacks on Greek-Orthodox Monastery in Bethany

Bethany – The nuns of the Greek-Orthodox monastery in Bethany have sent a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to urge the leaders of the Palestinian Authority to take charge, with appropriate measures, of the escalation of attacks that the religious house has been suffering lately: throwing stones, broken glass, theft and looting of the monastery property which constitute a real intimidating strategy. “We do not exclude” wrote the Mother Superior Sister Ibraxia in her letter to President Abbas “that behind these attacks there are those who want to foment discord among the children of the Palestinian nation”. Local sources told Fides Agency that families in the area in recent days, both Christian and Muslim, have paid a visit to the monastery as a sign of solidarity, to reiterate that the population of Bethany is foreign to the aggression. “Someone wants to send us away”, wrote Sister Ibraxia in her letter, “but we will not flee”.

In the past the Greek-Orthodox monastery represented an oasis of spirituality in the city where Jesus resuscitated Lazarus, today known by its Arabic name al-Azariyeh and has become a suburb of East Jerusalem. In recent times, the whole area has undergone a decline made of unregulated urbanization, environmental pollution, increased crime. The erection of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian Territories has deteriorated the situation further. The monastery is now in an area where the Palestinian Authority fails to exercise firm control, a “no man’s land” where crime, abuse of power and corruption are rampant. In recent months, while there continues to be a steep rise in the price of land in the area, those belonging to the monastery were partly outside the control of the sisters due to a local Muslim family clan who arbitrarily claim the right to property.