Thursday, 23 September 2010

Reflections of the Pope, Our Bishop and a Nun on the Papal Visit

At his audience this Wednesday Pope Benedict commented on his visit to the United Kingdom. He began by saying:
"I have just returned from my first Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom, and I wish to send my affectionate greetings to all those I met and those who contributed to the visit through the media during four days, which have begun a new and important phase in the long-standing relations between the Holy See and Great Britain."

He concluded by reflecting on Sunday's beatification of John Henry Newman saying:
"then, was a moment of deep personal satisfaction, as the Church celebrated the blessedness of a great Englishman, whose life and writings I have admired for many years and who has come to be appreciated by countless people far beyond the shores of his native land. Blessed John Henry Newman’s clear-minded search to know and express the truth in charity, at whatever cost to his own personal comfort, status and even friendships, is a wonderful testimony of a pure desire to know and love God in the communion of the Church. His is surely an example that can inspire us all."

Our own Bishop, Kieran Conry has written to all parishes expressing his delight at the visit of Pope Benedict which he believed was an 'unpreceedented' success. He said reflecting on the future "So what now? I think that we can feel proud to be Catholic, and hold our heads high again. But we must be neither triumphalist or complacent. We still have a task to do, and that is to enter the conversation that the Pope spoke of, to find ways of sharing our faith with people ... As the Pope said before he flew back home, this moment is a challenge but it is an opportunity."

Finally below is a lovely video of Sister Paul Miryam, who belongs to the Order of the Visitation at The Monastery, Waldron, East Sussex who talks about her meeting with the Pope on Friday 17th September at St Mary's University College, Twickenham.

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