The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has presided at the Centenary Mass of the World Scout Jamboree held at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Wednesday, 1st August 2007.
Several thousand Catholic scouts are present at the Jamboree and around 40,000 young people from around the world plan to attend the 12-day event.
The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has sent a message from Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor expressing his warmest greetings to all those taking part in the centenary celebrations:
“The Holy Father was pleased to be informed of the centenary celebration of the Scout Movement, and he sends warm greetings to all those taking part. He joins you in thanking God for the great benefits the Scout Movement has brought to countless young people since the first Scout camp at Brownsea Island in 1907. His Holiness recognises the contribution that this organisation makes to the formation of young people in so many different areas: physically, affectively, intellectually, socially and spiritually. At a time when so many young people are confused and disorientated, the Holy Father urges Scout leaders to continue offering this invaluable service that has enabled millions to become free, responsible and generous adults, making good use of their God-given talents and placing them at the service of their brothers and sisters. To Catholic scouts in particular, His Holiness holds up the teaching of St Paul about the varied kinds of service that different members are called to offer within the one Body of Christ which is the Church (cf 1 Cor 12:12-26). Commending all the members of the World Organisation to the loving intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, His Holiness cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Fr Jonathan How, from the Jamboree Organising Team and Director of Studies at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh said: “We are delighted to have Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor here for Mass: to share our excitement, help us give thanks to God for the last hundred years, and to ask His blessing on our work for the building up of the Kingdom. His presence is a welcome expression of solidarity with the Church here in the UK, and throughout the world.”