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Pope Benedict XVI CARITAS AWARD CEREMONY
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Saturday 2nd June 2012, 2pm.

PHOTO CALL - Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow on Thursday 31 May at 11am
AWARD CEREMONY - Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Saturday 2nd June 2012, 2pm

The Catholic Church in Scotland has introduced a unique new youth award to commemorate the visit to Scotland by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010.   The ˜Pope Benedict XVI CARITAS AWARD will be awarded to 450 young people from all over Scotland at a lavish ceremony to be held in the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow on Saturday 2 June 2012 at 2pm.

Special permission from the Vatican has been granted to name this award in honour of the Pope, who has sent a special message of congratulations to be read out at the ceremony.     The message sent by Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State at the Vatican, states: The Holy Father was pleased to be informed of the Caritas Award ceremony taking place on Saturday 2 June 2012 at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, and he sends his heartfelt greetings to all those taking part.   He appreciates the dedication and commitment shown by the 450 young people who are receiving the award, and he gives thanks to God for their many gifts and for the good works they have accomplished.   His Holiness encourages them to persevere along the path of faith throughout their lives, seeking always to know and love God, and to make him known, in this way shining the light of truth upon the world, the truth that sets us free (cf. John 8:32).   Commending all the young people and their families to the intercession of Saint Andrew and Saint Margaret of Scotland, His Holiness cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing.


A capacity audience of 3,000, including representatives of political parties, civic and business leaders, representatives of the education world and of various faith groups and Churches will attend.   Special medals and certificates will be presented by Cardinal Keith O Brien and other dignitaries.    



The award winners have gained the Caritas Award by volunteering time in their school and faith communities, offering practical support to others and by demonstrating that these actions of loving service are inspired by their faith.     All the Caritas Award recipients will be presented with a medal and a certificate.   The Certificate will state:   The Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award recognises the efforts of young people, though faith-inspired learning, witness and reflection, to demonstrate that Caritas - God s love - can be an extraordinary force in life.

Two posthumous awards will be presented to Reamonn Gormley a pupil at John Ogilvie High School, Hamilton who died in February 2011, the victim of a violent crime and Joseph Wilson, a pupil of Taylor High School in Motherwell, who died suddenly   in December 2011.   The posthumous awards will be presented to the parents of both boys.

ENDS

For more information, contact:
Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service on 07793 746094

Notes to editors:
¢      You are invited to send a photographer/reporter/camera crew to a photo call outside the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow on Thursday 31 May at 11am.  
Pupils from: Notre Dame High School, Glasgow , St Luke's High School, Barrhead , John Ogilvie High School, Hamilton and Taylor High School, Motherwell will be present with replicas(*) of the medals to be awarded at the ceremony on 2 June.
¢      Available for interview will be: Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service and Eddie Morrison, Head Teacher of John Ogilvie High School Hamilton
¢      The event will be hosted by husband and wife David and Maura Currie of BBC Scotland and will feature an input from comedian Des Clarke.
¢      If you wish to send a photographer/reporter/camera crew to the Caritas Awards Ceremony on Saturday 2nd June, please contact Michael McGrath on 07793 746094.

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