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RIP Laptop, resident feline of Canterbury Cathedral

RIP Laptop, resident feline of Canterbury Cathedral

As congregations prepare to bless the animals on St. Francis Day in just a few weeks, we have sad news this week from Canterbury Cathedral:

We are sad to report the death of Laptop, the Cathedral cat. The friendly feline had lived at the Cathedral for many years and it was estimated that he was over 18 years old.

Laptop was a free spirit and the exact story of how he came to live at the Cathedral is somewhat of a mystery. It is believed he started his life here visiting the choir boys at Choir House, and this is how we think he got his name, as he was forever trying to jump on people’s lap when they stroked him.

Photos and more about Laptop can be found at Canterbury Cathedral’s Web site.


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Ann Fontaine

When I was a priest in Jackson, WY – we had a church cat – Archbishop of Caterbury — aka Archie. He had the longest tail I have ever seen on a cat — a real Caterbury tail!

Eric Bonetti

Despite being deathly allergic to animals, it would be wonderful to have a parish pet of some sort. Perhaps one that could also visit folks who are in hospital, hospice, etc.


Aw. Enjoy your Golden Tail, sweet Laptop, in Catnip Heaven.

JC Fisher

Blessings to all those gearing up for St Francis Day festa d’animals…

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