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Nicholas Postlethwaite CP and Austin Smith CP moved to Toxteth, Liverpool, in 1971 as part of a wider Passionist movement to Britain’s inner cities. Their mission was to be in solidarity with the Crucified among us, suffering injustice and deprivation and to "join them in the struggle for life and justice."
Nicholas concludes these powerful narratives this way: "As state and church worry about whether “the centre” is holding – or are things “falling apart” – perhaps there are hints and pointers in the Passionist Inner City Mission which may encourage others to step outside safety zones and rediscover the wonder and beauty at the heart of human mystery. I began this article with an Austin quotation: I conclude it with another from his book Mersey Vespers, page 148: 'Liverpool had this impact on me. It did not offer a new form of ministry. Rather I was offered a new beginning to understand the radical Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth.'”
Read Part I of their story here
Read Part II here
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