Papal Visit Legacy: When the Holy Father was recently asked about his visit to the UK he said that it gave him "fresh wind in his sails". These words most likely apply to a large proportion of the Catholic community in this country. The Catholic Bishops Conference is looking at the Legacy of the Visit and has produced various documents to help parishes maintain and make the most of that "fresh wind". You can visit the official Papal Visit website where the 1st Anniversary is being marked with various articles. Do visit the Home Mission page of the Catholic Bishops Conference website; or look at the documents we have made available here, by using the links in the Yellow box marked Papal Visit Resources.
On Home Mission Sunday (18th September) we pray for the work of evangelisation in our countries and reflect on our response to the Lord’s invitation to share our faith. The theme this year is ‘Fresh Wind In Our Sails’ which is what the Holy Father is reported to have said that his visit to the UK gave him. The Home Mission Desk of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has produced a leaflet for the day.
‘Prayer and Thanksgiving for His Holiness’ on Facebook, 18 September 2011
You can post a pledge of prayer and message of thanksgiving for the life and ministry of His Holiness on the Papal Visit Facebook wall in the ten days leading up to the anniversary of the Pope’s Visit to the UK (18 Sept.). Hundreds of thousands of people came to a Papal event last year and many more watched it on television and on the internet. One year on let’s publicly express our prayer and thanksgiving. Do also consider sharing a ‘testimony of grace’ – one thing that you’ve done or changed in response to the Holy Father’s visit.
You can read the memories of Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Keith
O’Brien and Archbishop Rowan Williams, amongst others, on The
You can still revisit the events of the Papal Visit on the official website where all the main events can be relived on video, and there are lots of other intesting items and links on that site.
You may like to have a permanent reminder of the Papal Visit. You can purchase the official record of the state visit entitled Benedict XVI and Blessed John Henry Newman, available from the Catholic Truth Society for £14.95. Or you may prefer the DVD version, distributed by Universe Media Group at 80 minutes running time and with commentaries by Archbishop Vincent Nichols.
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You can read the Pope's reaction to his visit in his Audience address given on 22nd September, shortly after his return to the Vatican.
The Pope also wrote a letter of thanks to Archbishop Bernard Longley which you can read by clicking here
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, posted a 4 minute video of his immediate reflections on the visit. You can see it by clicking here and there are other videos of pilgrim's reflections on the same site.
Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, wrote a letter of thanks to all parishioners. You can read it by clicking here.
For those of you who like to keep up to date with the social networking sites you can find information about the Pope's visit on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.
The Flickr site has lots of photos of the event.
Our own excellent talks on Newman, given during Lent earlier this year by Fr Ian Ker, Fr. Richard Duffield and Francis Mohan, are still available to listen to on this website. Just click on the link (under the picture of Newman, below left) to access them.
There was also a public lecture given by Dr Sheridan Gilley about "Newman and Birmingham" which some of you may find interesting. It will be available as a podcast for a short time and may be downloaded by clicking here.
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