Scotland

Scotland

The Holy Father spent a day-and-a-half of his tour north of the border in Scotland. Although the time was short, the Pope visited a total of seven venues and greeted hundreds of thousands of people. Young people held a special place in His Holiness’s heart as witnessed at World Youth Days subsequently hosted across the world from 1984. In addressing the young people who had gathered at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on 31st May. From Murrayfield the Pope made his way to a gathering of priests and religious, met with Christian church leaders and subsequently travelled to St Joseph’s Hospital in Rosewell where he greeted the patients , the staff and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. His final task in Edinburgh was to address the Scottish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The Glasgow leg of his tour saw him visit St Andrew’s College, before making his way to Bellahouston Park for an open air Mass. His ended his homily with: ‘Beloved People of Scotland… May the prayers of the blessed Apostles Peter and Andrew obtain this for you!... “Lord, let Scotland flourish through the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name!” Amen.’

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Holy Mass in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

Today marks another significant moment in the history of our salvation: the Successor of Peter comes to visit the spiritual children of Andrew! We are bound one to another by a supernatural brotherhood stronger than that of blood. Here and now we testify that we profess that identical faith in Jesus, and we firmly hope that we too can lead others to him. This common profession of faith is the compelling motive behind my pastoral visit to your homeland. 

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Scottish Youth

I am happy that my first contact is with you, the pride of your beloved country and the promise of its bright future! You are at the great crossroads of your...Read more

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Clergy & Religious

You represent all the priests and men and women religious of Scotland. You are the closest collaborators of the Bishops in their pastoral ministry. You are p...Read more

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Christian Leaders

I had the great pleasure of meeting representatives of the Church of Scotland and the Episcopal Church in Scotland, together with other British church leader...Read more

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Episcopal Conference of Scotland

Dear Brothers in the Episcopate, We have assembled this evening in the name of Jesus Christ, who is “the Shepherd and Bishop” of our souls (1 Petr. 2, 25...Read more

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St Joseph's Hospital

I am delighted to be making this visit to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Rosewell, and I have come for several reasons. First, to greet you the patients in the car...Read more

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Saint Andrew's College

My brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, It is a great joy to me to have this opportunity to greet you here on this beautiful campus of Saint Andrew’s Co...Read more