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This morning on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the day (part of the Today Thought For The Day Pope 24/12/2010programme), Pope Benedict recalled with “great fondness” his visit in September to Great Britain. It was the first time a Pope has written and delivered material, specifically for a broadcast audience. Perhaps the large and warm welcom the Pontiff received in the UK in September influenced his decision.

Visit the BBC website for the full transcript and video.

Catholic Women of the Year

Posted: December 9, 2010 in News
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We all know at least one of these women, the unsung heroines of the Church.  Perhaps its the retired lady that takes communion to the sick every week and sings in the choir. Or maybe its the busy mother who plans and runs lively youth events in the Parish. And what about the work we never see get done- the cleaning, the flower arranging, the visits to hospital and to prison…

Independent Catholic News are seeking out these heroines. Nominate yours! Deadline 31.3.2011.

Pope Benedict has taken time out to record a message for the people of Britain, a week before his arrival. In his message, he tells us how he is looking forward to visiting, and thanks all people who are helping to prepare for the visit, especially those who are praying for his visit. He tells of the joy it will be for him to beatify a great Englishman, John Henry Newman, how he is looking forward to meeting various groups of people and that he regrets he cannot meet everyone. He ends by telling the people of the United Kingdom we are in his prayers. Wow!

Have you booked your place on a coach to Bellahouston, Hyde or Cofton Park?

Preparations are gathering speed as the date of Pope Benedict’s visit rapidly approaches… from the unveiling of the Celtic hi-tech alter that will be used to celebrate the largest Mass in Scotland for a quarter of a century, to the do’s and don’t lists issued for the Mass in Cofton Park (Do bring flags, banners, medication, pilgrim picnics, blankets, small folding chairs, cameras, provision for all weather conditions and exchange phone numbers with people in your group. Don’t bring glass, BBQs, musical insturuments or whistles – does that include vuvuzelas?!).

Wondering where the Pope will be and when? His full itinary has also been published;

Thursday, 16 September

08:10 Departure from Ciampino Airport Rome
10:30 Arrival at Edinburgh International Airport Edinburgh
11:00 State Welcome and Audience with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Palace of Holyrood House  
11:40 State Reception in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House

Address: HM The Queen
Address: The Holy Father

13:00 Private Lunch with the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Archbishop’s House  
17:15 Pope Benedict XVI presides at the celebration of Mass, Bellahouston Park

Homily: The Holy Father

20:00 Departure from Glasgow Airport for London Heathrow  
21:25 Arrival at London Heathrow Airport London

Friday, 17 September

08:00 Private Celebration of Mass in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature London
10:00 Celebration of Catholic Education, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham

Prayer with Representatives of Religious Congregations in St Mary’s Chapel

Greeting: The Holy Father

Gathering with Schoolchildren and Students, Sports Arena, including the inauguration of the John Paul II Institute for Sport

Address: The Holy Father

11:30 Meeting with Religious Leaders and People of Faith, Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.

Speech: The Holy Father

16:00 Fraternal Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace

Speech: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Speech: The Holy Father

17:10 Address to Civil Society, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster

Speech: The Holy Father

18:15 Celebration of Evening Prayer, Westminster Abbey

Speech: The Holy Father
Speech: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury


Saturday, 18 September

09:00 Courtesy Call from the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster London
09:20 Courtesy Call from the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster  
09:30 Courtesy Call from the Acting Leader of HM Opposition, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster  
10:00 Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Westminster

Pope Benedict will greet 2,500 young people gathered in the Piazza to welcome him

Pope Benedict will greet the people of Wales

Greeting and Homily: The Holy Father

17:00 Visit to St Peter’s Residence for Older People, Vauxhall

Speech: The Holy Father

18:15 Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Hyde Park

Speech: The Holy Father


Sunday, 19 September

08:00 Farewell to the Apostolic Nunciature, Wimbledon London
08:45 Departure by Helicopter for Birmingham, Wimbledon Park  
09:30 Arrival by Helicopter in Birmingham Birmingham
10:00 Celebration of Mass with the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Cofton Park, Birmingham

Homily and Angelus: The Holy Father

13:10 Private Visit to the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Edgbaston, Birmingham  
13:45 Lunch with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales and the Papal Entourage, Oscott College  
16:45 Meeting with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, Seminary Chapel, Oscott College

Speech: Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien
Speech: Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Speech: The Holy Father

18:15 Departure Ceremony, Birmingham International Airport

Speech: The Holy Father

18:45 Departure by air from Birmingham International Airport  
22:30 Arrival at Ciampino Airport Rome

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The third Evangelium Conference was held at the Reading Oratory this week-end. It was an amazing week-end with a myraid of amazing guest speakers from Italy to the United States.

It was my first time at the conference and I was blown away by the richness of the event; the speakers, the workshops, the worship and not to mention, the food and beauriful location!

Here is my Evangelium 2010 Top 10:

1. Roy Schoeman – The Jews, the Church and Salvation History

2. Fr Nicholas Schofield – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

3. Prof. Maria Fedoryka – John Paul II: The Human Person and Love

4. Joanna Bogle – Understanding Pope Benedict XVI – His Life and Message

5. Film: Arise Once More – Reviving Catholic Britain

6. Jack Valero – Catholic Voices

7.  The Latin song practice!

8. Steven Ray – an American Baptist convert

9. The new Catholic friends I have made

10. The music in the Black Room on Saturday night!

The conference was so intense, I look forward to unpacking the information and new ideas that I absorbed over the next few weeks! Watch this space!