Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pope to Make First Ever Official Papal Visit to Britain

(Hat tip: National Catholic Register)

The Times of London reports:
Pope Benedict XVI is to visit Britain next year in the first ever official visit by a pontiff.

The Holy See will announce soon the first papal visit to Britain since Pope John Paul II made a pastoral visit in 1982.


During his time in the country, expected to take place in September next year, Pope Benedict will have a meeting with the Queen, Supreme Governor of the Church of England and will be accorded the full panoply of a state visit. It is possible the Pope will also stay with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.


A draft itinerary is understood to include London, Birmingham, Oxford and Edinburgh.


One issue likely to be central to the celebrations will be the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, a ceremony that could take place with Benedict in Birmingham, where Newman founded his Oratory...


UPDATE (24 September)
Fr. Finigan has more information, including lots of links.

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