Benedict XVI’s visit last September gave renewed energy to the Church in Britain. Even before the Pope left, Cardinal Keith O’Brien was talking about the “Benedict bounce”. In this week’s Catholic Herald, Paschal Uche, who addressed the Pope on behalf of young people outside Westminster Cathedral, says the visit continues to inspire him “on a daily basis”.
On the other hand, little has been done to harness this legacy on a national level. A papal visit legacy programme was released in January, but it doesn’t ask Catholics to do much – apart from share a “resource” or send in a “faith testimony” to the home mission desk of the bishops’ conference – until June, when it suggests Blessed Sacrament processions as close as possible to the feast of Corpus Christi.
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