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Benedict, Banners and More Than Dance

It has been interesting to hear about Pope Benedict’s response to his visit to the UK. I suppose I was so tied up in my own feelings and emotions that it never occurred to me that the Holy Father would … Continue reading

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The Benedict Bounce

Everyone is talking about the Benedict Bounce. The term was first used, it seems, by Cardinal Keith O’Brien at Oscott College, during his speech thanking the Pope at the end of his visit. It refers to ┬áthe positive after-effects of … Continue reading

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Hope

Some pictures of the lovely young people at Hyde Park.

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We stand on holy ground

The blessings of this pilgrimage will be felt, I am sure, for some time to come. At Communion we sang the much loved Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, and the words ‘we stand on holy ground’ seemed … Continue reading

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Mary and Joseph

I met Mary on the footpath this morning, as we were walking from the coach park to Cofton Park. Originally from Kerala, South India, she came today with her parish, St Michael’s in Shepton Mallet. They left there at 4am, … Continue reading

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Holy Nation, Royal Priesthood

The music this afternoon in Hyde Park has been uplifting. Everyone is excited, joyful and singing their hearts out are the choir, who led the singing during the procession of tha banners. This was an amazing spectacle. The young people … Continue reading

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Our wonderful Catholic Youth

As I write I have just been talking to one of the young people who was in the Piazza this morning at Westminster. She, and hundreds (well, 2000) of others are all having a picnic in Hyde Park before they … Continue reading

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Brothers

This is such a wonderful picture. It reminded me of the words of Psalm 132. How good and how pleasant it is, when brothers live in unity! It is like precious oil upon the head running down upon the beard, … Continue reading

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A Headteacher’s view

I thought I would share this brief account from the Headteacher of a Richmond Primary School. Just wanted to let you know about the very exciting day I’ve had. Met my four children at 7.20 this morning and eventually got … Continue reading

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Pater Noster

When I left Bellahouston last night the crowds, the very happy crowds, were slowly wending their way back to various stations and to their coaches, which had been parked on the (closed) M77. There was a wonderful spirit in the … Continue reading

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