Papal Itenarary for UK Visit

  • 16 September: Benedict XVI is received by the Queen in Scotland at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh. He travels (in the Popemobile) through Edinburgh and onto Glasgow, where he says Mass at Bellahouston Park.
  • 17 September: Benedict XVI spends the morning in south-west London at St Mary’s University (Twickenham) where he has a dialogue with people of different faiths in public life, and speaks via weblink to thousands of schoolchildren around the country. In the afternoon he visits the Archbishop of Canterbury and leading Anglican bishops at Lambeth Palace (which faces Parliament across the Thames), then goes on to address 1,000 civic leaders in Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster (Parliament) — the place where St Thomas More was tried and condemned for treason. Then he crosses Parliament Square for Vespers at Westminster Abbey, where he prays — with Dr Rowan Williams — at the eleventh-century tomb of St Edward the Confessor. The Pope then retires, but his retinue — cardinals, bishops and monsignori from various Vatican departments — attend a state banquet hosted by the Queen in Pope Benedict XVI’s honour at Buckingham Palace.
  • 18 September: Saturday is taken up with pastoral events, beginning with Mass at Westminster Cathedral and a meeting with the prime minister, David Cameron, the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, and the leader of the opposition, Harriet Harman. Pope Benedict then visits a residential home for the elderly — which gives plenty of opportunity for messages to counter moves towards legal euthanasia — before holding a prayer vigil in Hyde Park.
  • 19 September: Sunday is spent in Birmingham, where Pope Benedict will beatify Cardinal Newman at a Mass attended by about 90,000 in Cofton Park, next door to Rednal — where Newman and his companions kept their summer house and where Newman was buried. From Rednal the Pope will visit the Oratory in Birmingham to meet the community and pray in Newman’s rooms. After that, Pope Benedict will travel to the seminary of Oscott to talk to the bishops of England and Wales, before flying back to Rome.

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