In an address to priests at Motherwell Cathedral, the Prefect encouraged them to continue to work quietly and effectively in the parishes. He quoted the following passage: "The Church is, sad to say, represented on occasion by those of its members who are seen to fall dramatically, and whose misdeeds, as a result, receive enormous attention. But the Church is also that ‘entire forest’ of good men and women, their lives, their deeds unsung and, for the most part, unnoticed by the wider world, countless hundreds and thousands of them, flourishing with their own grace, their own courage: an entire forest growing up in silence.”
The full text of the Archbishop can be found here
Later, at a Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral the Archbishop paid tribute to Catholic teachers and students and spoke out strongly in favour of Catholic schools. He said: "The idea that Catholic Schools are dangerous because they promote segregation can be disproved by forming young people who will become model citizens, agents of unity, promoters of true human well-being - but they will only be able to do this if they are imbued with Christ, one with Him, formed by His teaching and true friends of His."
The full text of the Archbishop's homily can be found here
And in a landmark address at Glasgow University, the Archbishop spoke warmly of the new St Andrew's Foundation, launched last weekend. He said: “Catholic Education is acknowledged by both Church and State as a fundamental right and primary responsibility of Catholic parents - the first educators of their children. In accordance with this fundamental right, the State has the duty and responsibility to facilitate the wishes of Catholic parents to educate their children according to their desire to pass on their faith to their children...
The full text of the Archbishop's speech can be found here
The Most Reverend Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to learn that you are to journey to Scotland for the Cardinal Winning Lecture at Glasgow University, and a meeting with the Catholic clergy.
Just as his beloved predecessor, Benedict XVI, strongly advocated Catholic education in Scotland during Mass in Glasgow in 2010, Pope Francis is happy to add his voice in support of Catholic education in the country. He asks you to convey his greetings to Catholic teachers and to those preparing them at Glasgow University, and his good wishes for the success of the Saint Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic teacher education. He sincerely hopes that the initiative will help promote and improve the quality of instruction - formal, catechetical and above all spiritual - given to future educators in the country’s Catholic schools.
In particular, His Holiness asks you to greet warmly all the Catholics of Scotland, especially the priests whom you will meet during your visit. Aware of recent challenges and of the crosses they have patiently borne, His Holiness earnestly prays for a renewal among them of truth, mutual pardon and charity through fidelity to the gospel message of conversion, for the good of all Scotland’s Catholics.
Invoking the intercession of Saint Andrew and Saint Margaret, the Holy Father willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of courage and strength in the Lord.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
Archbishop Muller has delivered an inspiring talk to the Priests of Scotland urging them to renewed fidelity and hope. The full text of the address can be found here
|Tuesday 8 October 2013||
Glasgow / Tel Aviv
Depart from Glasgow airport on a direct charter flight to Tel Aviv. Meeting and asistance upon arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport and transfer to hotel in Nazareth for check in, dinner and overnight stay.
|Wednesday 9 October 2013||Sea of Galilee/Jordan River|
|Thursday 10 October 2013||Nazareth / Caesarea Maritima / Bethlehem|
|Friday 11 October 2013||Bethlehem / Mount Sion|
|Saturday 12 October 2013||Mount of Olives / Ein Karem|
|Sunday 13 October 2013||Masada and the Dead Sea / Free day in Jerusalem|
|Monday 14 October 2013||Jerusalem Old City / Abo Gosh / Civic Reception|
|Tuesday 15 October 2013||Tel Aviv / Glasgow|