Egan urges public displays of faith4 October 2012
The new Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, has called on Catholics to wear a crucifix in public, put devotional objects in their cars and invite lapsed Catholics to join them for Mass.
In his first pastoral letter since being installed last week, Bishop Egan urged Catholics to celebrate the Year of Faith, which starts on 11 October, by making public expressions of their religious affiliation.
In the letter, which will be read out in churches across the diocese on Sunday, he also suggested Catholics could also "make the sign of the cross" when out for a meal and say grace before meals as a family. "Why not say ‘thank God' when someone tells you good news or ‘please God' when they tell you their hopes and aspirations?," he asked.
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