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“Arriving   in   Rome,   we   were   accommodated   in   the   Hotel   Michael   Angelo,   just   outside   the   Vatican   Wall. As   ever,   most   of   Rome   was   full.      Our   Mgr   Copland   had   studied   at   Rome’s   Scots   College,   and   we benefited on many occasions from his local knowledge”. “On   the   day   of   the   Canonisation,   we   had   to   be   in   St   Peter’s   very   early.      Our   allotted   place   was   very   close to   the   altar   and   we   had   a   good   view   of   the   proceedings.   We   watched   the   VIPs   arriving,   including   Mr Fagan and Princess Alexandra and her husband Mr Angus Ogilvie”. “The   Mass   was   most   memorable,   one   of   the   Readers   was   a   young   seminarian   from   Keith,   Andrew Mann,   who   read   well   and   clearly   but   with   a   touch   of   the   accent   of   Keith,   making   us   feel   at   home.      The Pope,   Paul   VI,   referred   to   St   John   as   a   “Man   of   Strathisla”   and   we   glowed   with   reflected   glory.   Later, Jimmy   Collins   from   Keith   helped   present   the   traditional   gifts   to   His   Holiness   and   received   a   special medal in return. We all felt we had a little share in that too”. “After   the   Mass   we   all   gathered   in   the   Square   to   receive   the   Papal   Blessing;   suddenly   a   small   group emerged   carrying   a   banner.   This   was   Pastor   Jack   Glass,   and   his   banner   read   “THOUSANDS   OF   SCOTS OBJECT   TO   THIS”.   The   Italian   police   rolled   up   his   banner   and   led   the   party   so   courteously   to   the   airport and stayed to see them off”. “We   spent   the   rest   of   the   five   days   sightseeing,   with   Mass   each   day   in   a   different   church.   Another highlight   was   a   Papal   Audience   where   we   were   blessed   especially,   and   with   us   the   objects   if   piety   we had    bought    as    souvenirs.    We    left    Rome    emotionally    overwhelmed,    vowing    to    go    back,    but    with memories that will last forever”.
A Great Day in Rome - Part Two
St. John Ogilvie
Parishioners at the St. John Ogilvie Canonisation in Rome 17th October 1976.
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“Arriving   in   Rome,   we   were   accommodated   in   the   Hotel   Michael Angelo,   just   outside   the   Vatican   Wall.   As   ever,   most   of   Rome   was full.      Our   Mgr   Copland   had   studied   at   Rome’s   Scots   College,   and we benefited on many occasions from his local knowledge”. “On   the   day   of   the   Canonisation,   we   had   to   be   in   St   Peter’s   very early.      Our   allotted   place   was   very   close   to   the   altar   and   we   had   a good    view    of    the    proceedings.    We    watched    the    VIPs    arriving, including   Mr   Fagan   and   Princess   Alexandra   and   her   husband   Mr Angus Ogilvie”. “The   Mass   was   most   memorable,   one   of   the   Readers   was   a   young seminarian   from   Keith,   Andrew   Mann,   who   read   well   and   clearly but   with   a   touch   of   the   accent   of   Keith,   making   us   feel   at   home.     The   Pope,   Paul   VI,   referred   to   St   John   as   a   “Man   of   Strathisla”   and we   glowed   with   reflected   glory.   Later,   Jimmy   Collins   from   Keith helped   present   the   traditional   gifts   to   His   Holiness   and   received   a special   medal   in   return.   We   all   felt   we   had   a   little   share   in   that too”. “After   the   Mass   we   all   gathered   in   the   Square   to   receive   the   Papal Blessing;   suddenly   a   small   group   emerged   carrying   a   banner.   This was    Pastor    Jack    Glass,    and    his    banner    read    “THOUSANDS    OF SCOTS   OBJECT   TO   THIS”.   The   Italian   police   rolled   up   his   banner and   led   the   party   so   courteously   to   the   airport   and   stayed   to   see them off”. “We   spent   the   rest   of   the   five   days   sightseeing,   with   Mass   each day   in   a   different   church.   Another   highlight   was   a   Papal   Audience where   we   were   blessed   especially,   and   with   us   the   objects   if   piety we     had     bought     as     souvenirs.     We     left     Rome     emotionally overwhelmed,   vowing   to   go   back,   but   with   memories   that   will   last forever”.
Parishioners at the St. John Ogilvie Canonisation in Rome 17th October 1976.
St. John Ogilvie book now   available to buy for £3 at St. Thomas R.C. Church
  St John Ogilvie
A Great Day in Rome          Part Two