Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Vincent’

I was really lucky to be able to be at several Papal events. My heart is still warm from the incredible experiences of greeting the Pope after Mass in Westminster as part of the youth contingent, praying with the Holy Father during the vigil in Hyde Park and celebrating Mass on Sunday with him on my home patch! I’m still fairly speechless, however check out the video

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 Last week, Archbishop Vincent Nichols was interviewed on the BBC’s notoriously ruthless “Hard Talk”.

He covered a range of current topics in the news including the Papal Visit, the scandals in the church, Pope Benedict’s recent remarks on the use of condoms in Africa and celibacy in the Church.

On new convert Tony Blair’s calls for modernisation in the Catholic Church, his Grace responded; when it comes to guidance on the Church, I think I’ll stick with Pope Benedict rather than Tony Blair!

Given the hard-nosed approach to interviewing that the BBC programme is famous for, I feel Archbishop Vincent gave a sound and well balanced interview. What do you think?

See the interview on BBC iPlayer  for yourself!

 

  

 150 young Catholic adults and 200 religious, 3 Masses by 3 Archbishops in 3 days, a plethora of exciting and thought provoking workshops…

That was Invocation 2010. The first event of its kind where the seminary in the Birmingham Archdiocese, Oscott College, threw open its gates to welcome young Catholic adults, from all over the UK and beyond, who were somewhere along the path of discernment. 

300 was the perfect number of people to squeeze into the beautiful chapel at Oscott for Mass, Midnight Rosary, Vespers, Adoration, Lauds and Compile for communal prayer. 

Although the event was centered around vocations, it certainly wasn’t a recruitment drive – where would that leave the future of the Catholic church? 

Instead, young adults chose from a wide selection of workshops ranging from Priesthood and Discernment, to Chatechism and an art workshop. 

Keynote talks were also given by noteable Catholics from the UK including the leader of the Catholic Church in the UK, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Abbot Christopher Jamison and Sr Gabriel Davison from the Poor Claires community. Each speaker spoke honestly and from the heart about their own vocation in life. It truly touched my heart. 

I have often wondered where our future leaders of the Chuch and religious are… and what kind of people they will be. Invocation 2010 gave me hope for a bright future. 

Invocation 2011, anyone?!