Southampton's top Catholic Monsignor Vincent Harvey celebrates 40-year link with trip to Cameroon

Monsignor Vincent Harvey and other Diocese of Portsmouth representatives visit a water catchment project in Cameroon

Monsignor Vincent Harvey and other Diocese of Portsmouth representatives visit a water catchment project in Cameroon

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

SOUTHAMPTON’S top Catholic has jetted off to an African nation to mark 40 years of working with the local community.

Monsignor Vincent Harvey and 26 others from the Diocese of Portsmouth are in Cameroon for a ten-day trip to mark the 40th year of the link between Catholics in south Hampshire and the Archdiocese of Bamenda.

Bamenda is the capital of the English-speaking north-western region. The twinning link was signed in 1974 and has seen cash raised in Hampshire fund health clinics, churches and community halls. Springhill Catholic Primary School in South-ampton is twinned with the School of Our Lady of Ass-umption in the town of Santa.

During the trip Monsignor Harvey and Hampshire’s top Catholic, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan, will look at some of the projects the link has funded.

A number of teenage volunteers have also gone out with them alongside other Hampshire clergymen.

Monsignor Harvey, the parish priest for St Joseph and St Edmunds’ churches in Southampton, last visited Cameroon in 2008. Speaking before he set off Monsignor Harvey said: “We will also be taking out dozens of pencils, tennis balls and other items and letters from the Hampshire schools twinned with schools in Cameroon.

“In June there will be a return visit, when some of those from Bamenda will visit Hampshire.”

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9:15am Sun 23 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

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12:56pm Sun 23 Feb 14

For pity sake says...

Celebrating 40 years of patronising involvement and brain-washing, encouraging population explosion and disease with their stupid anti-contraception stance.
Celebrating 40 years of patronising involvement and brain-washing, encouraging population explosion and disease with their stupid anti-contraception stance. For pity sake
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1:52pm Sun 23 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

For pity sake wrote:
Celebrating 40 years of patronising involvement and brain-washing, encouraging population explosion and disease with their stupid anti-contraception stance.
lovely man .
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: Celebrating 40 years of patronising involvement and brain-washing, encouraging population explosion and disease with their stupid anti-contraception stance.[/p][/quote]lovely man . WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
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7:37am Mon 24 Feb 14

For pity sake says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
For pity sake wrote:
Celebrating 40 years of patronising involvement and brain-washing, encouraging population explosion and disease with their stupid anti-contraception stance.
lovely man .
Strange comment - me or the Monsignor?
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: Celebrating 40 years of patronising involvement and brain-washing, encouraging population explosion and disease with their stupid anti-contraception stance.[/p][/quote]lovely man .[/p][/quote]Strange comment - me or the Monsignor? For pity sake
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