Pope Benedict XVI will visit Scotland and England for a four-day visit from 16-19 September 2010. It’s an historic occasion and will be the first time a pope has visited the UK since Pope John Paul II came over in 1982.
The Holy Father will land in Scotland on 16 September where he will be received by the Queen, members of the Royal Family and people representing British society in the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
The Pope will then travel to Glasgow where he will celebrate an open-air Mass at Bellahouston Park in the evening before flying down to London. The Holy Father will then be based in London for the remainder of the visit.
In England he will meet with leaders of other religions, greet young people and address the nation from Westminster Hall.
Pope Benedict will also meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, celebrate Catholic education, be present at an open air Vigil of prayer in London’s Hyde Park and will visit a home for older people.
The visit culminates in Birmingham on 19 September where the Holy Father will beatify the Victorian educationalist and scholar Cardinal John Henry Newman. This is an important step on the path to sainthood – Cardinal Newman will become the “Blessed” John Henry Newman.
On this blog we’ll keep you up to date when Pope Benedict arrives in the UK.
All the latest information can be found on the official website: thepapalvisit.org.uk