English bishop finds ‘hope’ in Scottish Church

Bishop Mark Davies of the Diocese of Shrewsbury has said he finds ‘hope’ in the youth of the Church after giving a talk at the Edinburgh Young Adult’s Group.

Bishop Davies had been invited to give a talk on Pope St John Paul II and the ‘Church in the Third Millennium’, saying that he was able to ‘see the generation that St John Paul himself saw’.

The bishop said he found inspiration in the communities of the Faithful that the Church fosters.

“As a bishop, you’re given this wider remit, in the diocese principally, to meet many people and go many places.”

His talk concluded St Mary’s Cathedral Young Adults Group’s semester of talks on St John Paul II.

He said that the Holy Father had led the Church through a recovery of ‘Faith and mission in its fullest dimensions’ that lead to a ‘springtime of vocations and a new evangelisation.’

“Even on a wider scale, St John Paul II contributed to a change in the course of history, a change in the world that you are now a part of,” he said addressing the crowd.

Coming out of the pandemic, Bishop Davies noted that he was encouraged by the significant presence of young people on the night.

He said he was delighted ‘to see the Faith and commitment of a new generation.’

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