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Pope's funeral singer made priest
Deacon Paul Moss
Paul Moss is described as a "fine and focused young man"
The English deacon who sang the gospel during the funeral mass of Pope John Paul II was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on Saturday.

Paul Moss, 28, from Oxford, was seen by a worldwide audience of millions during the service for the late pontiff.

It was led by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger shortly before his election as Pope Benedict XVI on 24 April.

Deacon Moss was ordained by the Archbishop of Birmingham at St Peter's Church in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

'Enormous privilege'

The Archbishop, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, who provided part of the television commentary for Pope John Paul II's funeral, said: "I pray and trust that Paul will be a splendid priest for the Archdiocese of Birmingham."

Fr Aldo Tapparo, parish priest of St Peter's, said: "Paul is a fine and focused young man and it has been a pleasure to see the seeds of his vocation blossom over the years that I have known him."

Deacon Moss, who was born in Cowley, Oxford, and attended Magdalen College School, served Mass at the Birmingham Oratory while studying theology at the University of Birmingham between 1996 and 1999.

The 28-year-old described the experience of singing at the funeral mass as an "enormous privilege and honour".

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