Papal Visit 2010

Day 36: Jesus Thou Art All Compassion

Madeleine Teahan is Associate Editor of the Catholic Herald. In June 1969 a man drove through the streets of Bradford. His wife had left him and he was driving to his death. The traffic lights turned red. As he paused and glared at the summer sun, soaking in despair, the music floating through the wide-open […]

Day 35: I saw God’s Love in Pope Benedict’s Eyes

Paschal Uche, 23, is studying pharmacy. In September 2010, he addressed the Pope on behalf of the young people in Westminster Piazza. People often joke about me having a personal friendship with the Pope after having met him some two years ago on his visit to the UK. In fact one priest friend sometimes calls […]

Day 34: An Exemplar of Courage, Service and Love

Jim Carr is a pharmacist in Dublin. When Pope John Paul II came to visit my home town of Drogheda in 1979, the town, like the rest of Ireland, came to a standstill. In that unique moment, our still-young republic was united as never before in celebration and pride. Everyone, it seemed, was going to […]

Day 31: A Long Search for Truth

Stuart is currently in his first year of studying for the priesthood at Oscott College, for the Archdiocese of Birmingham   When Pope Benedict XVI was elected in April 2005 I had little idea of who he was or where he would help lead me.  Finishing off my A-Levels, I was intellectually open but unsure as […]

Day 27: A Very Personal Call to Come Home

Robin Farrow is a former Anglican priest. After further study, including an MA in Catholic theology from Heythrop College London, his interest in the Catholic Church deepened. Robin is currently a seminarian at St John’s, Wonersh and is looking forward to ordination into the Catholic priesthood in the near future. He lives in Hove with […]

Day 25: Part of Something Real

Becca Evenhuis is a 20-year-old Theology student, studying in Chester (but will always be a Londoner at heart!). She is a part-time Taylor Swift enthusiast, with a passion for children’s ministry and her lovely dog Henry. I am so proud to say that I am part of the BXVI generation. During his time as Pope, Benedict XVI […]

Day 23: Study this Catechism!

Maria Byrne, 21, is from Surbiton Surrey and works as a Lay Chaplain in a primary school. She is involved with Youth 2000 and the youth initiative, Take A Stand. “A meek man of mighty action” – When I first read these words in a newspaper, describing Pope Benedict, at the time of World Youth […]