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Bishop Moth takes flight to get pilgrims to Lourdes

‘The Moth has landed,’ tweeted the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

The tweet and a similar post on the diocesan Facebook page was meant to assure people that the 60-year-old Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Richard Moth, had fulfilled his pledge to go skydiving and had completed the task successfully and unharmed.

Joined by Lucy Barnes, a local Catholic school teacher, Bishop Moth jumped from a plane at 15,000 feet to raise money to take ailing pilgrims to Lourdes.

‘He flies through the air with the greatest of ease,’ said another tweet, referring to Bishop Moth.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales tweeted: ‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane?…Wait, it’s a bishop!’ They made no reference to the insect that flies and shares the bishop’s name.

With a goal of £3,000, the bishop raised more than £5,160 on an online crowdfunding website.

Bishop Moth said: “It requires you to trust in the person you are in tandem with and in the equipment. The staff, however, are very professional and looked after us really well.”

Both the bishop and Ms Barnes jumped in tandem with – and harnessed to – an instructor.

Picture: Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton, lower, skydives from 15,000 feet harnessed to an instructor. The bishop jumped to raise money to send pilgrims from his diocese to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. (Diocese of Arundel and Brighton).