speeches, videos and pictures of the historic visit can
be found at the Papalvisit website.
visit a success
The country is getting back to normal after
the visit of the Pope. The visit it is fair to say was
a success and the Pope's visit has given the country as
a whole some interesting food for thought. The freedom
of opinion and expression that the country prides itself
was demonstrated clearly. The organisation and the policing
of the visit was exemplary and it has certainly been an
extraordinary few days.
Yesterday Cardinal John Henry Newman whose
early childhood home was in Ham was Beatified and is now
the Blessed John
Henry Newman, one step away from Sainthood. An amazing
few days and an historical visit that Twickenham will
remember for years to come.
day the Pope came to visit
ad Cor Loquitur
Benedict XVI arrives in the UK today and tomorrow will
be visiting St. Mary's College, Twickenham. The preparations
for the visit to St. Mary's have started and sound checks
and music were heard emanating from the St. Mary's campus
on Wednesday afternoon.
The visit to the UK is certainly not without controversy.
Questions have been asked whether the visit should be
a state visit, the scandal of paedophile priests looms
heavily and the humanist and atheist factions of society
are vociferous in their opposition. Added to this ticket
sales to join the Pope in prayer are lower than expected.
to add some more spice to the mix the Pope's senior advisor
Cardinal Walter Kasper has described Britain as a third
world country and says, "an aggressive new atheism
has spread through Britain. If, for example, you wear
a cross on British Airways, you are discriminated against."
The Catholic Church have of course distanced themselves
from these statements that appeared in the
German magazine Focus.
Benedict's mission is to reintroduce Christian values
into British society and to oppose Britain's perceived
emerging secular society. With the current background
to the Pope's visit it is is fair to say that he might
have his work cut out to achieve this.
visit in some ways is a defining moment in the country's
religious values not just Catholic but perhaps all religious
beliefs as well. The Pope will meet with religious leaders
and people of religious faith in the Waldegrave Drawing
Room and Walpole House tomorrow at Strawberry Hill. He
will discuss with them religion and belief in our society.
Certainly the Catholic church should be held accountable
to the scandals that are enveloping it but it will be
interesting to see how the visit pans out and what attitudes
are after the visit. Last night there
was a rather balanced and timely documentary on the Pope
and the problems the Catholic Church face in the modern
live in a free country where freedom of opinion and worship
is a cornerstone of our society. It would be a shame if
the values of tolerance and hospitality which surely are
the basis of any peaceful belief system give way to intolerance
and hostility during the Pope's visit. One thing is for
sure, Twickenham will be playing an important role in
this historic and not without controversy visit.
visit to Twickenham
Pope's visit to Twickenham which is happening on Friday
17th September will not feature the Popemobile. The visit
is a private visit and the audience at St. Mary's are
an invited audience only. The local police have sent round
a communication explaining of the disruption that might
occur on the Thursday and Friday. They make it clear there
will not be much to see as the Pope will be whisked in
and whisked out of St. Mary's on the day and that they
are not expecting crowds in the area.
month the Pope comes to town
This month sees the
visit of the Pope to the area. In Britain perhaps
the sheer excitement that this would generate in Catholic
European countries or in South American countries is not
evident due to the fact that Britain is not a Catholic
country. For some in these Catholic countries, the thought
of a visit to their home town of the Pope, the spiritual
leader of the Catholic Church and God's Ambassador on
Earth would be a time of excitement, reverence and sheer
excitement. On September 17th, the Borough of Richmond
will be visited by Pope Benedict XVI as the Pope comes
to St. Mary's College to...
" meet 3,000 young people - schoolchildren,
students - to celebrate Catholic education. From there
he will then meet with religious leaders and people of
religious faith in the Waldegrave Drawing Room. He will
discuss with them religion and belief in our society."
the Papal visit website)
In this Xacobeo
year the area that the Pope will visit has the Catholic
Church of St James within its bounds in the appropriately
named road Pope's Grove. (Named after Alexander Pope).
The symbol of St. James, the cockle shell is on the wall
of the now vacant St James' independent school in Cross
Deep and in this year has special resonance.
St. James Church
The Pope will visit St. Mary's on September
17th, itself the oldest Catholic educational institution
in the country.
As part of the Pope's visit to the country he will confirm
the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Birmingham.
Newman's childhood was spent across the river from St.
Mary's college at his home in Ham.
Cardinal Newman's childhood home
Whatever one's faith or beliefs are, the
historical continuity and tradition of the Pope
in western civilisation, the influence that the Vatican
has had in shaping World history and still has, the link
to the past the present and the future makes this a very
historical visit . For the leader of the Catholic church
to come to visit is surely the most exciting day the area
has known in modern times regardless of whatever one's
own beliefs are. This month has a special significance
for the area.
Arcadian Times, September, 2010