Thursday, 16 September 2010

Pope Celebrates Mass in Glasgow

The Pope after his successful welcome by the Queen in Edinburgh was driven to Glasgow to celebrate Mass in Bellahouston Park. Surronded by some 70,000 worshippers he presided at Mass. There were spectacular views of the crowd on the television. It certainly looked impressive to those of us watching it. Despite problems and difficulties the visit is already confounding the critics and nay-sayers.
There was a couple of beautiful moments as he entered the park when a  couple of little babies were lifted up to the popemobile and the Pope stopped it to kiss both babies.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon he then celebrated a beautiful Mass assisted by Bishops, Priests, Deacons and servers, as well as the ten of thousands of Lay People. In his homily he repeated many of the themes of his earlier speech this morning but also especially encouraging young people to live up the challenge of the gospel as the Church of today. He left in evening sunshine to great cheering from the Bellahouston crowd with a huge smile on his face.

Well done Scotland and it is now down to us in England to respond in like manner!

For more on the papal visit and for his homily go to

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