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I’ll never forget the joy and excitement I felt late last September when it was announced that Pope Benedict would be visiting the shores of our isle…

…nor will I forget the wave of anxiety and fear that crashed shortly afterwards as I began to ponder: how will he be welcomed? How will the Papal visit be portrayed in the media? What grand secrets will the media be brewing, ready to serve up as Benedict lands on British soil?

Well, we cannot begin to answer those questions until 17th September. In the meantime, however, The Daily Telegraph sets a bench mark for media decency, recognising that Benedict XVI’s arrival is an opportunity to celebrate a culture that planted our Christian roots;

for it was a Pope who sent St Augustine to Britain.

Indeed, without St Augustine, there may have been no Catholicism and Christianity in Britain. And there nearly wasn’t as, after being sent by Pope Gregory the Great to convert Britain and its pagan King, St Augustine and his 40 missionaries were so overwhelmed and daunted by their task that they halted, and St Augustine went back to Rome to request papal permission to return. Luckily, Pope Gregory said no!

The Daily Telegraph continues: as the Archbishop of Canterbury recognises, if Benedict XVI is

greeted with hostility and manufactured scandals, then British Christianity as a whole will be weakened. And, in the eyes of hundreds of millions of Catholics around the world, our national reputation will be damaged. The Pope’s visit is more than a great event for Catholics: it is a test of Britain’s professionalism, hospitality, tolerance and maturity.

See the full article here.

Visit the Prayer page for the Prayer for the Papal Visit to Britain.

Daily Telegraph – 11th August

Posted: August 11, 2010 in News
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11th August 2010, on the front page of UK broadsheet newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, reference to Marain Shrine Lourdes is used to poke fun after recent news stories where a baker, a dance teacher, junkies (addiction made them unfit to work),  and even a stripper have been revealed to be claiming incapacity benefit.

At least there is a reference to the Catholic church on the front page of a national newspaper, which isn’t the subject of negative connotations!

 Updated 25/12/2010

Perhaps you remember his as Marky Mark, or saw him featured with Kate Moss advertising Calvin Klein in the 1990s? Or perhaps you saw the movie Boogie Nights, Perfect Storm or The Italian Job? Today, he is the producer on US hit TV series, Entourage. A Hollywood star with a shady past, he has in recent times been open about his Catholic faith.

In August last year, he married his sweetheart in a private Catholic wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. Their youngest child is named after St. Brendan (the Bold or the Navigator).

“Being a Catholic is the most important part of my life” he said in an interview with the Catholic Herald. Speaking recently in the New York Post, he described himself as above all a devout Roman Catholic, a devout husband and a devout father; “The first thing I do every day when I leave my house,” he says, “I go to church, man, get down on my knees.” Even when his children complain it takes too long, Mark says: “It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do. Because I do. If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing. That 10 minutes helps me in every way throughout the day”.

The National Enquirer reported; “The 38-year-old reformed bad boy relies on his closest confidante and longtime religious mentor, the Rev. James Flavin, to help him pick and choose his parts. ‘Mark is a practicing Catholic, and he never makes a final decision on a starring role until Father Flavin gives his OK,’ an insider revealed to The Enquirer.

 ‘Mark says he owes his career to Father Flavin. ‘Father Flavin pushes Mark to honor his religious roots,’ said the source. ‘Even though Mark was offered one of the leads in Brokeback Mountain, he passed because of the gay subject matter, which clashes with Catholic doctrine.’
However, critics in the media and on the blogosphere have attacked him for having double standards after playing a cocaine and meth-addicted hustler in Boogie Nights…
Give the man a break! Everyone has made mistakes in their pasts, some more public than others for sure! Is a man not allowed to discover his faith? As, surley the Mark Wahlberg who played the unsavory character Dirk in Boogie Nights, is not the same Mark Wahlberg who took his girlfriend (now wife) to chuch on their first date! He told Cosmopolitan UK; “We met through a mutual friend in New York. I asked if she wanted to hang out the next day and she did, so I said, ‘Well, come to church with me.’ She was raised a Christian, not a Catholic like me. She did come – and now she’s converted.”
Looking back, Mark reflects: “But, of course, once you get into trouble, you start praying! ‘Oh, my God, just get me out of here, and I swear I’ll never do it again!’ Well, I did get out of jail, and I did make sure I never went back there. The recidivism rate for people going back for jail sentences is through the roof, but not me. I did not want to be another statistic. I wanted to live my life instead… I want to serve God and to be a good human being and to make up for the mistakes I made and the pain I put people through. That’s what I’m praying for, and I recommend it to anybody.”
Its great to hear celebrities speaking out about Catholicism. Here’s hoping  (and praying) we hear more…