The 10th 4 Corners Festival begins tomorrow evening at St Anne's Cathedral at 7pm. I am so excited about this event as the opener.
It is a jam evening packed with goodness, joy and challenge.
To celebrate our 10 years we have asked a variety of people to send us messages around items that remind them of the Festival. These will go out on social media daily but we have two live ones. Writer Tony Macauley, who was the first ever contributor to the Festival, will be sharing at our closing event with the Archbishop of Canterbury in St Peter's Cathedral next Sunday..
Tomorrow night's item will be shared by Jasper Rutherford. Jasper is European Director for Christ In Youth and spent some time with us on the 4 Corners Planning group.
From Jasper we will move on to Pope Francis. The Pope has sent a beautiful message to the Festival and it will be a treat to share it in St Anne's.
The Pope ends his message very humbly and ask us to pray for him. So we will and as we do we will remember that it is the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Music on the evening shows another circle of things. At our first Festival our Gospel According To... Christy Moore event was cancelled due to snow. The west Belfast Feile allowed us to add it to their Spring Festival and it was held in Clonard Monastery the very night that Pope Francis was elected Pope.
Caroline Orr sang that night and might have been the one who publicly announced it. Ten years later and the Pope is sending us a message and Caroline is singing Christy Moore again! She will be accompanied by Peter Greer and Norman McKinley. It'll be beautiful.
We haven't even got to our actual event yet. Gladys Ganiel will interview Austen Ivereigh. Austen is journalist, author, commentator and Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, Oxford. He is also biographer of Pope Francis and worked with Pope Francis on the Pope's last book Let Us Dream.
Austen will close the evening by sharing that Let us Dream book and how it particularly applies to us in the four corners of Belfast.
One more big sleep. My hoodie is ready. Bring it on!
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