Papal Visit Itinerary

As an addendum to the Promo video posted yesterday, here is a detailed itinerary for the Holy Father’s visit. I understand from the EWBC that as far as Cofton Park is concerned, the distance from coach to seating, will depend on the Coach Park allocated to your parish. If the distance is too far for those with mobility difficulties, (I refer to non-wheelchair users) there will be volunteers who will help. I am not sure just what kind of help this might be, as apparantly the details are not finalised. As soon as they are, I am told that your Pilgrim Leader will be informed.

Events Timeline

This is the full detailed schedule for the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK. Background detail on the venues can be found on the Papal Visit website –

Thursday, 16 September

08:10 Departure from Ciampino Airport Rome
10:30 Arrival at Edinburgh International Airport Edinburgh
11:00 State Welcome and Audience with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Palace of Holyrood House
11:40 State Reception in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood HouseAddress: HM The Queen
Address: The Holy Father
13:00 Private Lunch with the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Archbishop’s House
17:15 Pope Benedict XVI presides at the celebration of Mass, Bellahouston ParkHomily: The Holy Father Glasgow
20:00 Departure from Glasgow Airport for London Heathrow
21:25 Arrival at London Heathrow Airport London

Friday, 17 September

08:00 Private Celebration of Mass in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature London
10:00 Celebration of Catholic Education, St Mary’s University College, TwickenhamPrayer with Representatives of Religious Congregations in St Mary’s ChapelGreeting: The Holy FatherGathering with Schoolchildren and Students, Sports Arena, including the inauguration of the John Paul II Institute for SportAddress: The Holy Father
11:30 Meeting with Religious Leaders and People of Faith, Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.Speech: The Holy Father
16:00 Fraternal Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth PalaceSpeech: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Speech: The Holy Father
17:10 Address to Civil Society, Westminster Hall, Palace of WestminsterSpeech: The Holy Father
18:15 Celebration of Evening Prayer, Westminster AbbeySpeech: The Holy Father
Speech: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Saturday, 18 September

09:00 Courtesy Call from the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster London
09:20 Courtesy Call from the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster
09:30 Courtesy Call from the Acting Leader of HM Opposition, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster
10:00 Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, WestminsterPope Benedict will greet 2,500 young people gathered in the Piazza to welcome himPope Benedict will greet the people of WalesGreeting and Homily: The Holy Father
17:00 Visit to St Peter’s Residence for Older People, VauxhallSpeech: The Holy Father
18:15 Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Hyde ParkSpeech: The Holy Father

Sunday, 19 September

08:00 Farewell to the Apostolic Nunciature, Wimbledon London
08:45 Departure by Helicopter for Birmingham, Wimbledon Park
09:30 Arrival by Helicopter in Birmingham Birmingham
10:00 Celebration of Mass with the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Cofton Park, BirminghamHomily and Angelus: The Holy Father
13:10 Private Visit to the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Edgbaston, Birmingham
13:45 Lunch with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales and the Papal Entourage, Oscott College
16:45 Meeting with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, Seminary Chapel, Oscott CollegeSpeech: Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien
Speech: Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Speech: The Holy Father
18:15 Departure Ceremony, Birmingham International AirportSpeech: The Holy Father
18:45 Departure by air from Birmingham International Airport
22:30 Arrival at Ciampino Airport Rome

Time Zones

Rome: +2 GMT

UK: +1 GMT

Below is  the prayer for the Papal Visit to Britain, and I ask you to join with us on Catholicism Pure & Simple in praying for a successful visit of our Holy Father Pope Benedict:

God of truth and love, your Son, Jesus Christ, stands as the light to all who seek you with a sincere heart. As we strive with your grace to be faithful in word and deed, may we reflect the kindly light of Christ and offer a witness of hope and peace to all. We pray for Pope Benedict and look forward with joy to his forthcoming visit to our countries. May he be a witness to the unity and hope which is your will for all people. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Mother of the Church  –  pray for us. St. Andrew-  pray for us.  St. George  –  pray for us.  St. David  –  pray for us.

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7 Responses to Papal Visit Itinerary

  1. Perhaps it’s terribly old-fashioned of me, but I can’t help feeling that it is undignified to be billed formally as the Right Hon. Nick Clegg.


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    I hear you, Archiewedderspoon. “Nick” does sound a bit well…

    …on the other hand, the first High Court case I was involved in, as an articling student, which my pupil master won ( which he wouldn’t have, without me ;), was before The Honourable Mr. Justice Archie Campbell (RIP) –

    No one – EVER – called him Archibald.


  3. I think it’s the combination of ‘Nick’ and ‘Clegg’ which does it for me. I point out that ‘Archie Wedderspoon’ is not my real name.


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Never thought it was. Still, I thought the story a good anecdote.


  5. Gertrude says:

    Without wishing to bring in a political element to the Holy Father’s visit, I agree about Nick Clegg – but I suppose he is Deputy Prime Minister, and he is probably a Privy Counsellor, so, even though he is playing above his weight he does have the right to be called Rt. Hon! He does rather remind one of a much loved character in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ though. (only nominally.)


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    Ah, “Archie Wedderspoon” is not your real name?

    Sorry. Did I ever suggest it was?

    That certainly puts a damper on my little anecdote 🙂


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