A double decker bus promoting the Catholic faith will visit the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Thursday 6 September) when Bishop John Keenan, the Bishop of Paisley will meet MSP’s and parliamentary staff.
The Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland are taking the Mercy Bus to the Scottish Parliament to spread the joy of the Gospel. The bus toured Scottish towns last year and more than 1,000 Miraculous Medals and Divine Mercy Chaplets were given out on the streets of Scotland.
Commenting on the initiative, Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley said:
“The Mercy Bus has been a great initiative of the New Evangelisation Pope John Paul II hoped for. Its presence in the heart of town centres is welcomed by shoppers and workers of all faiths and none, as a joyful and hopeful presence of God in their midst. I’m sure the visit to the Scottish Parliament will be no different and look forward to meeting politicians and members of the public and bringing the message of the Mercy Bus to them.”
Supporting the initiative, Anthony Horan, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office said;
“The Mercy Bus is an excellent initiative, giving the Scottish public the chance to learn more about the Catholic faith and practising Catholics the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Friends of Divine Mercy team are doing something quite incredible through this initiative, something the Catholic faithful in Scotland should celebrate.
“As Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office I am particularly delighted that the Mercy Bus will visit the Scottish Parliament. I hope that MSPs will recognise the positive message that Friends of Divine Mercy are trying to convey through the Mercy Bus and that Catholic MSPs and their staff in particular will enjoy the experience.”
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Notes to editors:
1.For further information please contact Anthony Horan on 07903 952985
2.You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew to the Scottish Parliament (Main Entrance) at 1pm on Thursday 6 September 2018 where the bus will be based until 2.30pm.
3. Bishop Keenan will be on board the bus and will be joined by Roseanna Cunningham MSP
4.The bus is a Stagecoach Dennis Alexander Trident, fleet number 18334, of Kilmarnock depot and is 55 registered. Sir Brian Souter has donated it with a driver. It’s been branded with the Mercy logo.
5.Image of the bus can be downloaded here: https://www.rcdop.org.uk/events/friends-of-divine-mercy-scotland-with-the-mercy-bus
* Roseanna Cunningham is sponsoring the Mercy Bus at the Scottish Parliament as an MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.