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Cathedral to hold thanksgiving service for popular cat

by Cara Bentley

The resident cat of Southwark Cathedral in London, Doorkins Magnificat, has died and the Cathedral will hold a thanksgiving service. 

Doorkins was a local cat with a social media following of over 5,000 people and even a range of Christmas cards. 

She died on Wednesday, having been living with one of the Cathedral vergers since the end of 2019. 

The cat's remains will be brought back to the Cathedral and the Dean of Southwark, Very Revd Andrew Nunn, will give thanks for the "pleasure and affection she showed to so many" in a service on 28th October which will also be made available on the Cathedral website. 

Doorkins came to Southwark Cathedral in 2008 after living wild. 
 
Around the London Bridge terrorist attack in 2017 she was shut out of the Cathedral for a number of days and once inside again she did not venture far again. 


Very Revd Andrew Nunn said: "The community at Southwark Cathedral is saddened by the death of Doorkins. Like many people before her she found her way to us and was welcomed and made us her family and this place her home. She brought us so much pleasure and much joy to her many fans and followers. 

"She met Her Majesty The Queen and was present at more services than most of us. She was photographed by thousands of people and had a book written about her. She has been a blessing to us in so many ways. We will miss her."
 
The Verger who cared for her commented: "In the past couple of weeks her health declined rapidly and during the night of the 30th of September her health very suddenly and quickly deteriorated. She died in my arms to the sound of a familiar voice peacefully at 8.20pm. I miss her more than words can say such was the impact she had on me and all who loved her so dearly."
 
         

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