In a unique ecumenical gesture, Anglicans and Roman Catholics are to join in a Memoral Service for singer-songwwriter legend David Bowie. The service, in Rome’s S.John Lateran Basilica, will be attended by Archbishop Justin Welby, and Cardinal Walter Kasper (representing the Pope).

Vatican sources say that they are delighted to celebrate the life of an artist who has made such an impact on the Church. ‘Songs in the true Spirit of Vatican II,’ tweeted Gianfrano Cardinal Ravasi, ‘ a great influence on Bernadette Farrell.’

‘I’m very, very saddened to hear of his death,‘ Welby told L’Osservatore Romano. “I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the ’70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had. Not that I was ever a gender-bender myself, you understand; but a part of me hankered after stacked heels and glitter eye-shadow.’

The service will form part of a day-long tribute replacing the BBC’s advertised schedule and will be presented by Graham Norton.




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