As we prepare for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and the United States, over at the excellent blog Supremacy and Survival, devoted to exploring the English Reformation, Stephanie Mann is marking the 5th anniversary of Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI’s pastoral visit to Scotland and England.
The Catholic Herald has reposted an editorial written by William Oddie five years ago:
The richness, volume and sheer variety of the teaching the Pope gave us, and its perfect suitability for each of its many very different audiences, ranging from his intellectually hugely impressive address to the leaders of civil society in Westminster Hall to his call to that enthusiastic audience of schoolchildren to aim at becoming saints, was astonishing. And perhaps the first thing that needs to be said is that this was above all a personal triumph for the Holy Father himself. What came over consistently was the huge warmth, the seemingly inexhaustible loving kindness of the Pope’s gentle but nevertheless powerful personality. After all the caricatures, the man emerged.
That talk to schoolchildren was five years ago today, and out of it came our book Be Saints!
The book was also picked up by Ignatius and is available here. A beautiful introduction to the life of a disciple…IMHO.
Special offer through this weekend:
In honor of this anniversary, you can get Be Saints for $9.00/copy (including shipping) or five copies for $40.00 (includes shipping). Go here to the bookstore. If you have problems with any of the forms, just email me at amywelborn60-at-gmail.com.