diocese of St Davids

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The cathedral of St David, which still houses the bones of the patron saint of Wales, is one of the outstanding buildings in the principality. Bernard persuaded Pope Calixtus II to canonize David, and also to decree that two pilgrimages to St Davids were equal to one to Rome. The diocese covered the greater part of south‐west and mid‐Wales, until 1923 when the newly created see of Swansea and Brecon removed Breconshire, Radnorshire, and parts of west Glamorgan.

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