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Bishops launch official Papal Visit booklet and logo
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols today launched "The Pope in the UK" booklet which will go out to parishes across England, Wales and Scotland.

The booklet aims to answer some simple questions about the visit itself, the call of faith and its unfolding in daily life and the role of the Catholic Church. It is made up of ten questions, ranging from why the Pope is meeting the Queen to the contribution of the Catholic Church to British society and why the Pope will be beatifying Cardinal Newman.

Archbishop Nichols said: "We wanted to try to answer the questions of those curious about the visit in an accessible and intelligent way. It is an attempt to get beyond the immediacy of headlines and make available the immensely rich tradition of the Church in dealing with the dilemmas of human life that Pope Benedict so eloquently expresses.

"We are looking to spell out the richness of Catholic tradition and also the enormous contribution of the Catholic Church to this country and around the world. It is important to explain who the Pope is so people can better appreciate this
historic visit."

As the preface to "The Pope in the UK" sets out: "Today there are many gaps in public knowledge in these matters. This booklet seeks to address those gaps, not in profound or systematic manner but just by way of some clear facts and indications.

"They will be helpful in preparation for this Papal Visit: helpful to those who are curious, helpful to those who need to understand a little more, helpful to those who are looking forward intently to these historic days."

The cover of the booklet features the official logo of the Papal Visit. It was designed by leading architectural artist Brian Clarke and incorporates the Papal Visit motto "Heart speaks unto heart", taken from Cardinal Newman's writings.

The Papal Visit will take place from 16-19 September. Full details of the Pope's itinerary will be published in July.

Source: CCN
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Members Opinions:
June 21, 2010 at 11:43am
I think it's against "social justice" and the "common good" that the average Catholic will not be able to attend any of the planned events to see the Pope or participate in fellowship and celebration with other faithful on the occasion of the visit this year. Local parish events and watching media coverage can hardly be compared to "being there".
The events are "invitation" only - for those deemed worthy and even the local parish ticket lotteries discriminate in favour of certain Catholic groups such as "married couples celebrating anniversaries" and the like.
Every Catholic ought to be given an equal chance to attend an open air event. Presumably numbers are restricted due to "costs", "logistics" and "security". Yet these ought to be managed in a developed democracy - if Poland and Mexico could do it for JP II (despite an actual assisination attempt) - why can't Britain? What exactly are the unprecedented security threats this September? What about the costs and ushering of crowds- really too much to be born by the UK government? How do countries hosting World Youth Day manage?
Why can't the Holy Father come and be with his flock - who need much strengthening and support to be ambassadors of the Gospel in the current climate? This is as important as meeting with political leaders given the rarity of papal visits to the UK - the opportunity is not likely to repeat itself.
At the moment the visit is like that of a pop celebrity with exclusive concert tickets or an world leader with an impersonal agenda.

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