Scots College Deacon meets Pope Emeritus

Scots College deacon, Bernard Mournian recently met Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Vatican Gardens.

In a break from the busy exam schedule for students at this time of year, Reverend Bernard Mournian, a deacon in his final year at the Scots College, met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, yesterday, Friday 27th January in the Vatican Gardens near the retired Pontiffs home.

A photo from the Scots College album, when Seminarians of the college served for the Holy Father at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on St. Ninians Day, 16th September.

A photo from the Scots College album, when Seminarians of the college served for the Holy Father at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on St. Ninians Day, 16th September 2010.

Speaking after the short meeting, Deacon Mournian said he was “extremely grateful” for the opportunity to meet with the Pope Emeritus who retired in 2013. Bernard described the audience as a “wonderful privilege”.

The links between the Scots College and the Pope Emeritus go back to before his Papacy. Prior to his election as the Bishop of Rome, the then Cardinal Ratzinger visited the college to give a talk to the students. During his reign as Pope Benedict XVI, seminarians of the college were given the great honour to serve during papal liturgies at St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as during the Mass in Glasgow which was part of his State Visit to Britain in 2010.

Like the rest of the seminarians in the college, Bernard is studying and sitting various exams before the start of the second semester in mid-February. Bernard will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Motherwell in June this year.

Please keep all those preparing for their ordinations, whether priestly or diaconate, and those who are sitting exams at this time of year, in your prayers.

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