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Reflection at Vespers for the Feast of St John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr

   Homily for the Feast of St John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr  by Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow Reflection at Solemn Vespers   1. Just ordained 15 months and having just started post-graduate studies inRome, I was in St. Peter’s Basilica in October 1976 when Pope Paul VI declared Blessed John Ogilvie a Saint. It was a moment of great joy for all the Scottish pilgrims who had travelled toRome, including my own mother. I remember the Jesuit postulators of the cause, Fr Lombardi and especially Fr Peter Gumpel, the scholarly Vice-Postulator, who was a frequent visitors to the Scots College in Rome as the cause of St John Ogilvie inched nearer to a conclusion and practical details were being worked out.   2. At that time, all the questions about the canonisation of St John Oglivie...

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New Pope will have Eucharistic adoration before his presentation

New Pope will have Eucharistic adoration before his presentation Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told journalists on 11 March at the final press conference that, “when the Pope goes to the central loggia, His Holiness passes the Pauline Chapel, and will stop there for a brief moment of personal prayer and silence in front of the Blessed Sacrament.” Regarding the acceptance if a valid election has occurred, see the “Ordo Rituum Conclavis”. Upon accepting, the one elected chooses his name and the ballots are burned to produce the white fumata. The new Pope dresses in the papal vestments. A brief ceremony follows: Gospel reading (“Tu es Petrus” or another passage referring to the Petrine ministry), prayer, the cardinals’ act of homage, and the “Te Deum”. The Cardinal proto-deacon goes to the Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and...

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Women at the Holy See

Women at the Holy See HRH The Duchess of Gloucester meeting the Sisters at the Pontifical Scots College. St Andrew’s Day 30 November 2012   As we reflect on International Women’s Day, it seems clear to me that one of the tasks awaiting the successor to Benedict XVI will be to explore how the Holy See, and the Roman Catholic Church, can use better the talents, energy and loyalty of the women in its ranks. Anyone who works with the Holy See network will be aware of the vital role played by women religious in almost every aspect of Church life on the ground and across the world, be it in education, development work, health care, managing parishes, supporting Papal nuncios, or spreading the word about the faith. There are over 720,000 religious sisters active across the world, and...

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2013 National Romero Week

The Archbishop Romero Trust   2013 National Romero Week   To mark the 33rd anniversary of the death of  Archbishop Romero  http://www.romerotrust.org.uk/   Oscar Romero was a priest and bishop inEl Salvador. His love for his people who were suffering violence and oppression led him to take their side and to denounce their oppressors. And so he was killed, whilst saying Mass, on 24th March 1980. This website makes available a precious resource bank of materials on Archbishop Romero’s life and martyrdom: texts of his homilies as Archbishop between 1977 and 1980 and his four Pastoral Letters all in English translation; photographs from childhood to his assassination and funeral; lectures and literature about Archbishop Romero, links to other websites, news of future events and much more. You can also find further information about the Archbishop Romero Trust and its...

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National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia

Dayofprayerfordementia   Day of Prayer for Dementia has become the National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia 12th – 19th March Click here for more information   The National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia offers an opportunity to focus on the person with dementia, what their pastoral needs are and how we can respond.   http://pastoralcareproject.org.uk/week_of_prayer_for_dementia.asp   Cardinal Heenan House   Roby Mill, Up Holland, Skelmersdale, WN8 0QT   Monday 18th March 2013   10.00 – 12.30;   2.00 – 5.00  Mass 6pm   What’s happening ? Prayer and awareness of dementia Silent prayer and prayer led by Catholic and non-Catholic clergy Scripture and non-Scripture readings Residents cookery and painting / colouring of sunflower pictures Formal and informal talks about dementia awareness Leaflets pertaining to dementia awareness from AGE UK and the Alzheimer Society Tea / coffee, homemade tea cakes...

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St. John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr

To celebrate the Feast of St. John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr, by permission of His Grace Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Glasgow, the noon Mass on Sunday, 10 March 2013 will be the Mass of St. John Ogilvie at St. Aloysius Church, Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow.   St Aloysius Church, Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, is the National Shrine of St John Ogilvie.   At 7.00pm Vespers of St John Ogilvie will be sung.  His Grace the Archbishop will be President. Music with the St Mungo Singers. Refreshments afterwards served in the auditorium.   St. John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr 1579 – March 10, 1615 The son of a wealthy laird, he was born into a respected Calvinist family near Keith in Banffshire, Scotland and was educated in mainland Europe. He attended a number of Catholic educational...

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Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain’s Holiest Places

Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain’s Holiest Places     BBC Four Series exploringBritain’s glorious sacred sites in a landscape journey that reveals inspirational, surprising and half-forgotten holy places which bring to life our spiritual history.   6 Episodes 1/6        Ifor ap Glyn asks why we are drawn to holy ruins long after their religious use is over. Duration: 30 minutes Presenter and Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn explores the wealth of Britain’s extraordinary holy places on a pilgrimage that spans almost 2,000 years of history. Travelling across the breadth of the UK, Ifor uncovers the stories and rich history behind many of our most famous sites, explaining the myths and legends of some of Britain’s most sacred places. Over six episodes, Ifor visits crumbling ruins, tranquil healing pools, sacred caves, island refuges, towering mountain hideaways and ancient shrines to find...

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Eucharistic adoration and Vespers for the Conclave

  Eucharistic adoration and Vespers for the Conclave The College of Cardinals has endorsed a proposal by the Particular Congregation to dedicate tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, 6 March 2013, to prayer in St. Peter’s Basilica for the forthcoming conclave and the process of electing a new Pope. The Cardinal Dean, His Eminence Angelo Sodano, will lead the prayers. This initiative will also serve as an invitation to the entire Church to pray at this important moment. The ceremony is open to the public so any faithful who so desire may attend.   “Since there is no afternoon meeting, tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, the cardinals are inviting people to a time of Eucharistic adoration and Vespers,” Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi announced March 5.   The papal master...

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Religion and Secularism in a Global Age

Religion and Secularism in a Global Age (left) Dr Ian Linden, Director of Policy, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Nigel Baker, British Ambassador to the Holy See. “Religion and Secularism in a Global Age” conference. Pontifical Gregorian University, 1 March 2013 Benedict XVI has stepped down. We await the election of his successor. But life and business at the Holy See, at least for this Embassy, go on – almost as usual. On 1 March, St David’s day, I attended and chaired the afternoon session of a one day conference organised by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in co-operation with the British Embassy, the Pontifical Council for Culture and its Courtyard of the Gentiles programme, the American University of Rome, and the Pontifical Gregorian University. The theme was the relationship between religion and secularism in a global age, and the...

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