Monday, July 20

Pope Leo XIII

On the walls of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel there are paintings of Our Lady (on the south side) and St Peter (on the north side) enthroned in glory and surrounded by saints and angels. You would have to be fairly alert to spot this image among them, situated as it is on the south side close to the edge of the painting. It is the coat of arms of Pope Leo XIII, as Canon Billington explains: "The arms of the late Pope Leo XIII. are inserted in commemoration of the decree which he issued in1893, dedicating England to Our Lady and St. Peter." Pope Leo died on this day in 1903.