Dear Frank,

Let me join my greetings with those of all your friends and admirers on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of your pontificate.

On a personal note I was especially thrilled to be invited to contribute to the recent festschrift, ‘A Pope Francis Lexicon’. Imagine it: me up there with the likes of Austin Ivereigh, Tina Beattie, James Martin, Victor Fernandez and Timothy Radcliffe – in with the IN set!

And how kind of you to send me a thank-you postcard for my modest contribution on ‘Sheep’. I have put that lovely picture of you with a halo in a prominent place on our Lambeth mantlepiece. It will give Mrs May pause for thought when next she pops round to consult me about Brexit.

It’s good to have friends,

With heartfelt congratulations,


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