An elderly priest suffering from dementia was flown to Rome by his care home to receive a blessing from Pope Francis. Fr George Dangerfield had met every pontiff during his 50 years as a priest and was determined to meet the current Pope before he died.
Saad Baig, the manager of Whitby Dene Care Home in Eastcote, North West London, where Fr George lived, determined to take on the challenge and wrote a letter to Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
When the Vatican responded, the care home team flew Fr George to Rome and he met the Pope.
Saad Baig recalls: “He bent down to Fr George to clasp the resident’s hand and bless him.”
Fr George, who died last year, was a great devotee of the Traditional Latin Mass. As his funeral was celebrated at Westminster Cathedral in the Ordinary Form, it was felt to be a fitting tribute that he should also have a traditional Requiem Mass.
This will be on Friday, February 15 at 7pm in St James’s, Spanish Place, the church where he was Old Rite chaplain for many years.
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