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Cardinal O’Brien praises ‘wonderful spirit’ of Eucharistic Congress

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland speaks of the spirit of openness at events in Dublin as senior members of the Scottish hierarchy attend the congress events

“The Eucharistic Congress in Dublin has the most wonderful spirit, more so than any other event of its kind I have attended,” Cardinal Keith O’Brien, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, told the SCO today.

Cardinal O’Brien (above right), one of five principal celebrants at the closing Mass at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress at Dublin’s Croke Park on Sunday, said how much he has enjoyed spending time with the Scottish pilgrims, who arrived yesterday, and how inspiring it is be around so many ordained and lay people meeting in a spirit of openness at the events this week in Dublin.

Bishop Joseph Toal of Argyll and the Isles, Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley and Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Robson of St Andrews and Edinburgh have also arrived in Dublin for the congress and Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow (above left) arrives today with Fr Tom White, Glasgow Chancellor.

Speaking from Dublin, ahead of leaving with Bishop Robson for Mass this afternoon with IEC2012 President Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Cardinal O’Brien said that ‘Cardinal Turkson gave the most wonderful homily on reconciliation today.’

The cardinal also spoke of how moving and fitting it had been for Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Papal legate to IEC 2012, to travel to penitential island in Lough Derg, to meet with abuse victims and to speak on ‘the grave sin of sexual abuse of children by clerics’ in the spirit of reconciliation.

Joy, reconciliation, reformation in the Irish Church, ecumenism and the relationship between Church and state in Ireland were all prominent and pertinent themes at the congress, Cardinal O’Brien added.

The cardinal will be attending a government-hosted reception at Dublin Castle tomorrow night in honour of the IEC.

— Cardinal O’Brien reflects on IEC 2012 in the June 22 edition of The Scottish Catholic Observer.

— Follow the Eucharistic Congress as it happens in Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Robson’s blog at http://www.sconews.co.uk/opinions/



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