Pope Greeted the People of Great Britain in the Audience of Today

In today’s general audience, Pope Benedict said:

“I am very much looking forward to my visit to the United Kingdom in a week’s time and I send heartfelt greetings to all the people of Great Britain. I am aware that a vast amount of work has gone into the preparations for the visit, not only by the Catholic community but by the Government, the local authorities in Scotland, London and Birmingham, the communications media and the security services, and I want to say how much I appreciate the efforts that have been made to ensure that the various events planned will be truly joyful celebrations. Above all I thank the countless people who have been praying for the success of the visit and for a great outpouring of God’s grace upon the Church and the people of your nation.

It will be a particular joy for me to beatify the Venerable John Henry Newman in Birmingham on Sunday 19 September. This truly great Englishman lived an exemplary priestly life and through his extensive writings made a lasting contribution to Church and society both in his native land and in many other parts of the world. It is my hope and prayer that more and more people will benefit from his gentle wisdom and be inspired by his example of integrity and holiness of life.

I look forward to meeting representatives of the many different religious and cultural traditions that make up the British population, as well as civil and political leaders. I am most grateful to Her Majesty the Queen and to His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury for receiving me, and I look forward to meeting them. While I regret that there are many places and people I shall not have the opportunity to visit, I want you to know that you are all remembered in my prayers. God bless the people of the United Kingdom!”

the whole text can be read here.
there you can also download the video of the audience of today.

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3 Responses to Pope Greeted the People of Great Britain in the Audience of Today

  1. firenze05 says:

    I hope we give the Holy Father a welcome as generous as his message to us all. I’m keeping up the prayers for his safety and hope and trust the vile abuse which has been hurled at him for so long now, at least calms down during his visit. Normal service can then be resumed, but at least I won’t be worrying about his physical safety.


  2. toadspittle says:

    A Modest Proposal…

    As one who takes a more detached view of the upcoming Papal visit than others on CP&S, I suggest we consider this:

    The vast, general public reaction to the Papal visit will be total indifference. That can be interpreted as either disappointing or reassuring.
    Ninety-five per cent of Britishers will be no more stimulated than they would be in a State visit by the Prime Minister of Sweden.
    One per cent is already fizzing and spluttering itself into a phony state of righteous indignation, largely for publicity purposes. Book sales for Hawkin, Dawkin and Hitchen.
    Four per cent of The Faithful see it as almost a Second Coming (or possibly a Third) and are very likely to be saddened by the lack of interest, even among many Catholics.
    (I plucked these speculative numbers out of the air, by the way.)
    The media will watch the visit closely, in case there is any interesting trouble.
    If there is not, there will be scant coverage.
    So, anyone who wants the Holy Father’s jaunt to get preference over the sex lives of international footballers and is brought to the attention of huge numbers of torpid citizens on the evening news, must ensure that the Atheist brigade is organised, energised and equipped with ideas for publicity stunts, and suitably nasty banners for the telly.

    We can’t rely on them being capable of doing this for themselves.


  3. toadspittle says:

    OFF topic, sorry, but as I have touched on CP&S in my blog again I feel I must let people know from the point of view of openness. or whaTEVER.



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