Friday, January 08, 2016

The Bridgettine sisters... Iver in Buckinghamshire are holding a special prayer service on Friday January 22nd, marking the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Bishop will attend and there will be refreshments afterwards. All are welcome...telephone 01753 663520 or 01753 663027 for more details.

I never knew much about the Bridgettines until I was asked  by my publisher to investigate the extraordinary story of Mother Riccarda Hambrough who hid Jewish refugees in their convent in Rome's Piazza Farnese in the Second World War.  It's a story worth discovering, and is of course linked to the whole story of Pius XII's protection of Jews in wartime Rome, and the many lives saved...the full stories are only just beginning to be properly publicised.

One of  my most memorable afternoons of recent years was spent in the parlour of the Bridgettine house in Rome, talking to Mr Piperno, who as a teenager was hidden in those rooms with his mother and other members of his family...

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