'Those twenty or so minutes in the presence of the Pope have created for me a lasting memory, part of a collective memory of this visit for many Catholics.'
Pope Benedict prayed with members of the religious congregations of the United Kingdom, and focused particularly on their role as educators.
As Pope Benedict XVI is welcomed by the Scottish public on the streets of Edinburgh, there is much anticipation of what he will say to the people of the UK over the course of his four-day visit.
Christine Allen, Director of Catholic development organisation, Progressio, describes her meeting with Pope Benedict XVI during his formal welcome by the Queen at Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh.
Ahead of this week’s papal visit, Catholics in the United Kingdom will be thinking about how they will engage with the atmosphere and events of the coming days.
The Holy See has announced that the Apostolic Visitation to the Archdiocese of Armagh will be overseen by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who ten years ago commissioned a review of cases of abuse in the Church in England and Wales.
Psychologist Brendan Callaghan SJ looks closely at the way in which the Church has handled claims of abuse and at the postulated link between abuse and mandatory celibacy for Catholic priests. How has the Church has arrived at a place of such suffering, betrayal and anger?
Gemma Simmonds CJ looks at the life and writings of a woman of 'heroic virtue' who wanted to secure a better role for women in the Church and in society, and at how this struggle continues today.
Michael Czerny SJ recounts the impression that Caritas in Veritate made on an HIV-positive mother in Nairobi, who has faced in her life many challenges to the ‘integral human development’ that the encyclical seeks to promote. How can Pope Benedict’s letter help Rosanna, not only through her reading and understanding of it, but through ours too?
To what extent does Pope Benedict, in Caritas in Veritate, address the global situation by commenting on policy rather than principles, and can the messages within magisterial literature be communicated to those who are used to debate rather than authoritative teaching?
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