Beverley Minster is a place of sanctuary, and has been for centuries.
In the Middle Ages, all churches could offer limited sanctuary to those who had committed an offence. This was mostly to prevent instant and brutal justice from the people chasing them! It allowed the church to promote peace and for tempers to cool. Beverley Minster was unusual in having the right to offer sanctuary permanently across the whole town to those who were in debt or had committed crimes.
Physical sanctuary is also important today as people are forced to flee war, poverty and natural disasters. You may also want to seek sanctuary here from things which are troubling you. Beverley Minster is always a place of sanctuary and prayer.
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