Church Dedicates A Memorial Service To A Cat Who Had Died After Living In The Church For Twelve Years

A stray cat found a home in the Southwark Cathedral, London, in 2008 and never left. The Vergers gave her food every morning.
There she was named Magnificat from the word magnificent. Her name was Doorkins Magnificat.

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(h/t: My Modern Met)

Image credits: Bridget Davey

Image credits: Bridget Davey

Image credits: Bridget Davey

In the cold winters, she preferred the radiator or hay during Advent. She slept in the Churchyard on sunny days.

Image credits: Bridget Davey

Image credits: Bridget Davey

Image credits: Bridget Davey

She was elusive but could at times walked in front of the altar during services. Visitors and clergy grew fond of her.

Image credits: Bridget Davey

Image credits: Bridget Davey

Image credits: Bridget Davey

She once encountered the queen when she sat at her favorite spot. Revd Andrew Nunn commented on this. He also added that her absence will be felt. She attended more church services than most people, been snapped by thousands, with a book about her.

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She brought so much love to all that met her and got so much love back too. She died from a stroke on September 30 after being sickly since 2017.

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They held a memorial service for her. It was broadcast live and was viewed by 22,473 people. The internet was abuzz, many thanking the church for giving her a home.

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Others narrated their encounters with her. Many people were grateful that she had the church as a home.

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