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6th August 2000

A three-fold call to confidence, courage and contemplation is made by Archbishop Keith O'Brien in his Address to some 6,000 Catholics gathered at Livingston Football Stadium to celebrate the Jubilee Year. "All three are needed", he said "if we are to take seriously our role as Christians, witnessing to the Good News in our world today". "We must try to help break down the chains which are enslaving so many people" declared the Archbishop and he identified them as "the homeless, the elderly, and so many others in need of help".  

A three-fold call to confidence, courage and contemplation is made by Archbishop Keith O'Brien in his Address to some 6,000 Catholics gathered at Livingston Football Stadium to celebrate the Jubilee Year. "All three are needed", he said "if we are to take seriously our role as Christians, witnessing to the Good News in our world today". "We must try to help break down the chains which are enslaving so many people" declared the Archbishop and he identified them as "the homeless, the elderly, and so many others in need of help".  

Developing his theme, the Archbishop continued "Walking along the streets of most of our towns and cities at this present time, it is hard to avoid those who are sleeping and sheltering in shop doorways, with cardboard boxes their only cover. Aid agencies cannot cope with the numbers who are turning to them for food, clothing or financial assistant. There are those who are held captive - by the abuse of drink, of drugs, through the abuse of their own sexuality, because of tragic marriage situations. We witness those who are blind in our midst - whose eyes are not open to the love of God, who themselves rarely witness love from anyone, who are not aware of the way they can share God's love in the Sacrament of Matrimony. There are those at home and abroad who are indeed downtrodden --whom the scourge of poverty and debt afflicts, who are condemned to a lifetime of mere existence, who live in countries struggling under the intolerable burden of irrepayable debt".

Not an easy task admitted the Archbishop, hence the need to be a person of prayer, in order to gain the confidence and courage essential if we are to proclaim the Good News in action as well as words.

ENDS

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Contact: Rena McVey - Tel: 01236-760085 for requisite Pass.  
Event: Catholics Celebrate the Jubilee.  
Place: Almondvale Stadium, Livingston.  
Date: Saturday 10th June 2000  
Time: From 2.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. Celebration in Drama, Music and Song.  
3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Celebration with Cardinal Winning and the Apostolic Nuncio with the Scottish Bishops.  

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