Cardinal O'Brien leads prayers for Pope's health.
A special Mass will be celebrated today (Wednesday 2 February) by Cardinal Keith O'Brien in St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh at 12.45pm for the 'Feast of the Presentation' (Candelmas Day) at which the Cardinal will ask for prayers to be said for the Pope's health.
Speaking at the beginning of Mass in the Cathedral, Cardinal O Brien said:
We are gathered today to pray for the intentions of Pope John Paul II. We are all aware of his frail health at this present time and are aware that he is in hospital in Rome, following on a serious bout of influenza.
On this Candlemas Day, we pray as we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. As Jesus was a light to the world, so we thank God for the light which the Pope has given to so many people throughout his 27 years of service as a Christian leader. And we pray that the light of his teaching may continue to spread throughout the world, especially in places where there is the darkness of war and unrest, of disease and suffering .
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