scmo_banner_news.jpg


| 28th April 2005 | Modified: 16th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 31 times | Liked 0 times

28 April
Apr 28
28th April 2005

CARDINAL O'BRIEN RETURNS HOME  

Cardinal Keith O'Brien will arrive in Edinburgh Airport today (Thursday) at 18.35, at the domestic arrivals area, he will hold a short press conference at 19.00 in the 'Prayer Room' of the airport, situated on the ground floor adjacent to the International Arrivals area.  

The Cardinal arrives back in Scotland having attended the funeral earlier this month of Pope John Paul II and participated in the subsequent conclave, to elect his successor Pope Benedict XVI.  

Cardinal O'Brien has released the following statement to coincide with his return to Scotland:  

ENDS  

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

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL O BRIEN ON RETURNING FROM ROME, THURSDAY 28 APRIL 2005:  

"It is a pleasure to be back home in Scotland after the Conclave to elect our new Pope, Benedict XVI. My time in Rome was an intensely spiritual experience, an opportunity for deep prayer in the company of my brother Cardinals as we discussed God s will under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  

I share with you two insights on our new Pope; after his election when asked what name he would choose, he said without hesitation ˜Benedict and gave these reasons:  

Benedict was the name of a predecessor who died of a broken heart in 1922 after having suffered the traumas of the First World War “ the new Benedict would work for peace;  

Benedict is the name of one of the Patron Saints of Europe “ the new Benedict would try to bring Europe back to its Christian roots;  

Benedict the Abbot wrote in his Rule for monks: Prefer nothing whatever to Christ “ the new Benedict would place Christ at the centre of all his endeavours.  

The second insight comes from his words at the concelebrated Mass with his Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on the morning of the day after his election. He stressed, above all:  

His reliance on Christ:  
His desire for collaboration:  
His commitment to the Second Vatican Council:  
His strength in the Eucharist and his regard for priests:  
His commitment to Ecumenism:  
His vocation as Pope centred on Christ:  

I intend to celebrate the Principal Mass in our Cathedral on Sunday 1st May at 11.30am for the Pope and his Intentions and I ask the Catholic community of this Archdiocese to pray for the Pope in the days and months which lie ahead as we go forward ˜Together in Hope .  


The hope of Benedict XVI that Europe will return to its Christian roots is one I share deeply. I rededicate myself to the task of reminding Scotland of its long Christian heritage and remind the Catholic community that one week from today we will have the opportunity to be informed and guided by our Christian faith when we cast our votes in the General Election.  

This week the Bishops of Scotland in a statement to all parishes will stress the importance of the election and highlight several key issues as being of fundamental importance:  

THE RIGHT TO LIFE:  

FREEDOM FROM POVERTY:  

PROMOTION OF EUROPEAN HARMONY  

Marriage and the Family.  

Social Justice  

PEACE  

(Full text of Election Statement: www.rcpolitics.org.uk)  

In recent weeks we have witnessed an overwhelming outpouring of emotion following the death of Pope John Paul II and an unprecedented level of interest in the Catholic Church as one pontificate ended and another began.  

Thanks to the tremendous work of the global media coverage of these events has been available to us all “ we have seen churches fill and many people wrestling perhaps for the first time with profound questions about God, themselves, and the meaning and purpose of human existence.  

The challenge for the church is to build on this renewed interest in faith and belief and to strive to make the Christian message available to all.  

Posted by . You can also subscribe to email updates.

Like   Back to Top   Seen 31 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Bishops announce appointment of new curator

| 6 days ago | Blogging

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has announced the appointment of Dr Alison Burke as Curator of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collection at Blairs Museum. Dr Burke was previously Creative Project Co-ordinator with Aberdeen City Council where she started in 2017 to build creative networks in Ed...

Catholic church’s anti bullying strategy sent to Scottish Labour leader

| 28th June 2017 | Blogging

The Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan has sent a copy of the Catholic church’s anti bullying strategy to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, after a controversial Tweet in which she suggested “inclusive education” was not supported in Catholic schools.   In ...

Church calls on BMA members to oppose decriminalisation of abortion

| 23rd June 2017 | Blogging

In a letter to Scotland’s catholic parishes, the Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan has urged catholic members of the BMA to sign an open letter to the organisation urging delegates to the BMA conference next Tuesday (27 June) to reject a motion calling for abortion to be...

Catholic Church Safeguarding Review Group established

| 15th June 2017 | Blogging

In December 2016, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Scotland announced that Helen Liddell would Chair the Independent Review Group (IRG) set up as a result of the McLellan Commission Report into the current safeguarding policies, procedures and practices within the Church in Scotland.   T...