Canon David Meara, Rector of St Bride’s, Fleet Street, has been turning his hand to some journalism of his own to spread the word about the journalists’ church worldwide.
He has produced a four-page glossy colour “brochure” full of pictures of the church and the events it hosts for the Commonwealth Press Union conference.
Meara is anxious to tell not only Christians but “those of all faiths and none” that the church is open to them. To emphasise its all-embracing welcome, Meara says St Bride’s had held memorial services for Farzad Bazoft, killed in Iraq in 1990 when working for The Observer; John Schofield, the BBC reporter killed in Croatia in 1995; APTN cameraman Kerem Lawton, who died in Kosovo in 2001; and Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal correspondent murdered in Pakistan last year.
Meara has also designed a card, which he has sent to editors, which bears the names of all the journalists who lost their lives or are missing or captured while covering the war in Iraq and for which St Bride’s congregation prays.