Returned from my holidays, I have no intention whatever of sharing my holiday snaps - as this is a blog about Westminster Cathedral. I will, however, stretch a point for one item that thrilled me, in the Karlskirche, Vienna. Up a little back starway is the Museo Borromeo, dedicated to the patron of the Church, St Charles Borromeo. There I found myself face to face with his magnificent Cardinal's hat, his stole (which, at first glance, seems to have 'this way up' directions printed on it!), and soutane with an impossible number of buttons.
This was an exciting discovery, because of my link to the Parish of St Mary of the Angels in Bayswater. St Mary's was the mother house of the Oblates of St Charles, founded in the early days of the Westminster Diocese to help consolidate Catholicism in London. The Oblates departed in the 1970s, but I was parish priest there 1996 - 2001.