Message from Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor on the occasion of the Centenary of the Scout Movement. 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 disoriented, 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 takents 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.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State