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14 December
Dec 14
14th December 1999

Proceeds and royalties from "Will You Walk On By?" are going to one of Mrs Shand Kydd s favourite charities, HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust, which helps children and adults with disabilities to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. The charity is right behind the record. Mrs Shand Kydd has written a message for the record sleeve. In it, she says:  "This is surely an anthem for the Millennium, ensuring that the great festival is for everyone to remember; the less fortunate, alongside those for whom life has been kinder. I love the lyrics because they encompass the concerns which were those of my daughter, Diana. Princess of Wales." Further Information from The Pilgrimage Trust: Michael Orbell  01737 353311     "This is surely an anthem for the Millennium, ensuring that the great festival is for everyone to remember; the less fortunate, alongside those for whom life  has been kinder. I love the lyrics because they encompass the concerns which  were those of my daughter, Diana, Princess of Wales. The song has a big heart, and that is why I am delighted that HCPT “ The Pilgrimage Trust will benefit from its sales. The trust helps children from all backgrounds and creeds, who   have a wide range of mental and physical disabilities, as well as those who have suffered emotional trauma and homelessness. I hope this song is sung widely “ in homes, clubs and in concert, and that when it is sung, the meaning of the words are personally felt."   Further Information from The Pilgrimage Trust: Michael Orbell 01737 353311...

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29 October
Oct 29
29th October 1999

"The advent of the new parliament seems to have given Scots a new enthusiasm for reconsidering legislation which impacts upon them and which may need amended or repealed. MSPs from all parties have pointed to the Act of Settlement as one such piece of legislation.I do not think that any fair-minded person could defend the Act of Settlement as it is currently formulated, since it quite crudely discriminates Catholics as such. It is, in short, something of an embarrassing anachronism for both the royal family and Parliament.Although the Edinburgh parliament does not have ultimate authority over the issue, I am greatly heartened to see MSPs from each of the political parties joining forces to lobby for change. Such a change would go a long way in showing that Catholics can, should and do play a full and equal role in national life."...

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26 October
Oct 26
26th October 1999

The Vatican today publishes a letter from Pope John Paul II to the elderly. The 7,000-word letter is a personal reflection on age in the light of the new millennium and the UN Year of Older People 1999.  The Pope looks back over the 20th century, so much of which is remembered by older people. Recent history, he says, has been marked by war and violence, as well as by peace and freedom. He highlights "many positive signs" of hope for the next millennium: the growing appreciation of human rights and the dignity of women; inter-religious dialogue; the expansion of communications; ecological awareness; medical and scientific progress.  In the present day, the Pope says that older people ought to be esteemed and valued. He mentions the "horror" of euthanasia, which, he says, "is always an intrinsically evil act, a violation of God's law and an offence against the dignity of the human person".  The Pope emphasises the many ways that older people contribute to the Christian community and wider society by their experience and wisdom. He says that, in the ill health and loneliness that can come with old age, he shares their suffering. Reflecting on passages from the Bible, he then discusses death as the threshold to eternal life.  Towards the end of his letter, the Pope describes his own feelings after more than 20 years in office, and encourages older people to live life to the full:  "Despite the limitations brought on by age, I continue to enjoy life.  For this I thank the Lord. It is wonderful to be able to able to give  oneself to the very end for the sake of the kingdom of God!"  ENDS  A copy of the Pope's Letter can be viewed at www.catholic-ew.org.uk  ...