Monday, 20 September 2010

The Pope Joins 85,000 in Hyde Park for Vigil of Prayer


In early evening sunshine the Pope joined 85,000 in Hyde Park to celebrate a vigil of prayer ending with a period of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and then Benediction. In this he was assisted by Deacon Gerard Hatton from Arundel & Brighton Diocese who is to be ordained a priest next February.

The crowd of people had been there for many hours enjoying singing, dance and drama. They were in joyful mood when the Pope arrived.

The Pope reminded the crowd in his homily that as Newman they were called to follow God "as men and women made in the image and likeness of God" and that "we were created to know the truth, to find in that truth our ultimate freedom and the fulfilment of our deepest human aspirations."

Once again the huge numbers turning not only in the Park which was filled to capacity but also the many thousands lining the route undermined those who felt this visit would be a damp squib. People have begun to understand that he has a message that is worth listening to and that he is a gentle and humble pastor.

1 comment:

  1. I've just bumped into this blog and am surprised to be the first person to comment so here goes. This was a fantastic event... highlight of the year.....but it doesn't end here. Where now ?

    When the church speaks with true authority and energy the naysayers cannot be heard.

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