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Report: Welcome To The New Holy Land

December 18, 2006

Immigration and the Catholic Church in Britain, as reported by The Guardian.

I take my place between an electrician from Cote D’Ivoire and a nurse from Manila. ‘Thank you for coming to this country,’ says Fr Michael from the altar, ‘where you are bringing our faith to life.’ Then come these entrancing moments during Mass when the congregation – some struggling with the English language they are supposed to have in common – recites another second tongue they learned way back: ‘Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi, Dona Nobis Pacem …’

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