the jpurneyLancashire Evening Telegraph. Friday, April 21, 2006.

FRIENDS AND ALLIES: Jack Straw and Condoleezza Rice arrive in Blackburn

Two of the most powerful politicians in the Western world followed a spiritual journey through Blackburn Cathedral, to pray for peace before radical images of death and resurrection.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited the Cathedral during a three-day visit to Blackburn and Liverpool at the invitation of Foreign Secretary and Blackburn MP Jack Straw.

Climax of the Cathedral visit came as the two politicians’s lit candles for peace under Penny Warden’s painting of Christ in the tomb, given in memory of tsunami victims.

“Hear us as we pray for the life of the world,” said the Dean, the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, “that every nation may seek the way that leads to peace; that human rights and freedom may everywhere be respected; and that the earth’s resources may be ungrudgingly shared among all.”Condoleezza Rice

The guests signed the Visitors’ Book under Penny Warden’s triumphant golden study of the risen Christ. Dr Rice greeted each of the choir members and Penny Warden explained to Dr Rice some of the thinking behind her paintings.