- Exodus of biblical proportions
Hounded out of their homes by Islamist violence, Iraqi Christians face what many fear may be their final festive season in the land of their fathers as many prepare for exile
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Midnight Mass: the ritual under threat from drunken yobbos and a drastic shortage of priests
- Iraqi prelate says his London church is treated with 'profound disrespect' by Sunni Muslims
- Head of Lithuania's Catholic Church warns of Russian threat to his country
- Liverpool’s archbishop talks about plans for his diocese, views on the synod and run-ins with Rome in interview
A missing priest from has been found dead in his car in a supermarket car park.
Fr Joseph Williams, 42, is understood to have lain undiscovered in his car outside a supermarket in Houghton Regis, near Luton, for three days from Friday, 27 December.
He was found on Monday slumped over the wheel of his car.
The Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, said the priest had been out on a shopping trip. He added that while there would be a post mortem it appeared Fr Williams had died of natural causes.
Bishop Doyle said: "I think it makes people feel guilty that we didn't look or that we didn't find him, but it was unavoidable and it's just one of those things.”
"Our faith tells us that the Lord's taken him unto himself and we believe that he's sharing the fullness of life in heaven so we've got that hope in our hearts to help us in our sadness."
Fr Williams was ordained in 2000 and was parish priest of St Martin de Porres, Luton. A Mass has been held there in his memory.