Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Support the Pope - send an e-mail

A friend has forwarded the following suggestion from Auntie Joanna - Joanna Bogle - that the faithful should show their support for the Holy Father by sending him an e-mail of support. She writes "Please send a message of support, and an assurance of your prayers and full loyalty, to the Holy Father. It will take you less than a minute and is extremely important. He is alone and beleagured. You can reach him at:


The emails ARE read, and yours WILL make a difference.

It is not possible to fly to Rome and cheer him in St Peter's Square: we must make numbers count in his email box. Please, please help!"

This seems to be something one can do to show support and fidelity, as well as admiration and affection for the Pope, and so I will do so, and I pass on the idea to my friends.

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