| 09th May 2006 | Modified: 16th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 39 times

9 May
May 9
09th May 2006

On Saturday 13th May the first UK statue commemorating the Pope John Paul II  
will be unveiled at the Carfin Grotto. It will be blessed by Bishop Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, who will be joined by Archbishop Szczepan Wesoly the retired Archbishop for Polish emigres based in Rome who will be the principle concelebrant and Fr Marian Antoni Lekawa representing the Polish community in Scotland. Both Bishop Ian Murray and Bishop John Mone, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and the retired Bishop of Paisley respectively, will be attending the mass and celebrations.  

The statue was commissioned by the Pastoral Planning team of St. Francis Xavier's Parish Carfin. Spokesperson Mr Tommy Hughes said: "The Pontificate of John Paul II had a global impact. He was especially significant to us because of his 1982 visit to Scotland."  

The sculptor Tom Allan was commissioned to produce the image. Mr Hughes stated: "to capture the essence of John Paul II was a very difficult commission but we feel Tom Allan has risen to the challenge."

The image will be blessed on 13th May, which is the 25th anniversary of the 1981 assassination attempt on the late Pope's life. Bishop Devine said "I am privileged that I will be at the unveiling of this wonderful statue to the late great John Paul II. His historic visit to Scotland in 1982 is still very fresh in the memory as if it were only yesterday."  

This date also coincides with monthly devotions to Our Lady of Fatima at Carfin. Mass will begin at 12 noon at the Lourdes shrine. Following on from this will be the Rosary and a procession at 2 pm. Before the conclusion of ceremonies at 3 pm there will be Benediction at the Lourdes Shrine.  

Ends  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew to Carfin on  
Saturday at 12 pm. For further information contact Fr Thomas Miller - 01698  
263308.  

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