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An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI
to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Saint Paul

On 28th June 2007, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated First Vespers of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-The-Walls. During his homily he said:


'Dear brothers and sisters, as in early times, today too Christ needs apostles ready to sacrifice themselves. He needs witnesses and martyrs like St Paul. Paul, a former violent persecutor of Christians, when he fell to the ground dazzled by the divine light on the road to Damascus, did not hesitate to change sides to the Crucified One and followed him without second thoughts. He lived and worked for Christ, for him he suffered and died. How timely his example is today!

And for this very reason I am pleased to announce officially that we shall be dedicating a special Jubilee Year to the Apostle Paul from 28 June 2008 to 29 June 2009, on the occasion of the bimillennium of his birth, which historians have placed between the years 7 and 10 A.D.'


PLENARY INDULGENCE
FOR THE 2000th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE BIRTH OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE

Archbishop Kevin has decreed that the Plenary Indulgence
may be obtained in every Church and Chapel in the Diocese
by those who attend Mass or other Solemn Prayers in honour of Saint Paul
on the Vigil and Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul,
24th and 25th January 2009
and on the Vigil and Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul,
28th and 29th June 2009.

Please click here for the full text of the decree
 


WHAT'S ON OUR WEBSITE?
 

INTRODUCTION TO SAINT PAUL - HIS LIFE AND LETTERS

 

Father John J. Henry, MTh, LSS, PhD, Parish Priest of St Gregory's Parish in Earlsfield and visiting lecturer at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, has written a series of pages to introduce us to St Paul - his life, his mission journeys and his letters. He also gives advice on how to deepen our understanding of St Paul's letters and clarifies some of the themes in his writings.
 

Please use the top menu and follow the white links to access these pages.

St Paul:
mosaic in St Paul's Basilica
 

FORTNIGHTLY REFLECTIONS ON SAINT PAUL

 

Father Victor Darlington, BTh, SSL, STD, Assistant Priest at the English Martyrs Parish in Strood, will reflect on the spiritual and theological themes found in Saint Paul's letters every fortnight throughout  the Year of Saint Paul.

This series of reflections begins on 28th June 2008 and can be accessed from the content page by following the blue link on the top menu.

Saint Paul: El Greco

 

READING ST PAUL'S LETTERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

The Catholic Truth Society has published a pocket-sized (A6) booklet of 'The Letters of Paul' in the Jerusalem Bible translation. It costs 2:95.
Please click here to view this booklet on the CTS site

 

The website of the Abbey of Saint Paul Outside-The-Walls has some resources for The Year of Saint Paul including a useful pdf which gives a schedule for reading a few verses from his letters each day of the year.
Please click here for the pdf of the reading schedule


 

THE PAPAL BASILICA OF ST PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS

This Basilica is built over the tomb of St Paul and recent excavations have uncovered the sarcophagus in which it is believed he was buried. The website contains much interesting information.
Please click here for the website of the Basilica St Paul Outside The Walls

 

POPE BENEDICT XVI's CATECHESIS ON ST PAUL

During the Autumn of 2006, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of St Paul during four of his Wednesday General Audiences. They can be read on the Vatican website by following the links below:

General Audience - 25th October 2006 - Paul the Apostle
General Audience - 8th November 2006 - St Paul's new outlook
General Audience - 15th November 2006 - St Paul and the Spirit
General Audience - 22nd November 2006 - St Paul and the Church

Full text of the homily announcing The Year of St Paul - 28th June 2007
 


FURTHER PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
are promised throughout the year.

They will be available in the shops on the Westminster Cathedral piazza

Please click on the logos for their websites
 

 


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