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Papal Visit 2010
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122 Kent House Road Beckenham Kent BR3 1JY 11 July 2010Dear Sir
Papal Visit to the UK
The organisers have done their best to ensure as few as Catholics as possible can see the Pope in person. The details of the arrangements for attending the two main public events were sent to all Parish Priests last Friday (9 July). The Priests are expected to return the numbers requiring passes to the public events by Tuesday 13 July.
We are told by the church leaders that this is a state visit and therefore quite different from the last Papal Visit some thirty years ago.
Is not the prime purpose of the Pope’s visit to strengthen the faith of his flock? And the beatification of John Henry Newman presents him and us with a wonderful opportunity to do so. But numbers are apparently limited because of health and safety issues.
We should be encouraging all Catholics to affirm their faith publicly by attending the Papal Visit events. This should be a massive demonstration of our faith in this increasingly secular world.