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Dear Friends,
The new James Webb Space Telescope, the largest optical telescope, has started producing some really remarkable pictures from space – like this one here, a stellar nursery called the Carina nebula, shewing bubbles, cavities and jets blasting out of newborn stars. Its greatly improved infrared resolution and sensitivity allow it to view objects too early, distant, or faint for the Hubble Space Telescope. As the photographs come in, I am reminded of Psalm 8: When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and the stars which you arranged, what is man that you should keep him in mind, mortal man that you care for him? The Psalm continues: How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth! Meanwhile, welcome to our e-News this week, a bumper edition, before we take a two-week summer break. A key thing to note is the publication of our draft Ten Year Mission Strategy called You will be My Witnesses. You can download the document below and also find a feedback sheet. We hope that you will have plenty of opportunity over the next weeks to discuss the strategy in your parishes communities, pastoral areas and in various groups. The cut-off date for feedback is 15th December. E-News will be taking a break the next two weeks and so the next edition will be on 23rd August. Please send in any news items from your community and parish. With my prayers and best wishes for these next couple of weeks.
With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers,
In Corde Iesu
+ Philip
Bishop of Portsmouth
You can read this week’s e-News in full here.