In 2006, the late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor wrote that our Catholic heritage was “under-sung and under-appreciated”. If that was true then, there are signs that attitudes are changing, at least within the Church. The newest bishop in England and Wales, the Bishop of Lancaster, Paul Swarbrick, says historic churches are the living heart of his diocese and he has vowed to do all he can to conserve them. He intends to seek outside help, but the funding landscape is bleak.
The church’s built heritage: Gems that enrich the entire community
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