Loading
Popemobile routes for UK visit highlight Catholic Church's history and future
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI

.- Organizers of the papal visit to England and Scotland have released a detailed itinerary for the Holy Father's journeys in the popemobile from September 16 to 18. Pope Benedict's routes will take him through Edinburgh and London, with several stops highlighting the rich Catholic heritage of Great Britain.

On Thursday, September 16, beginning around 12:30 p.m., Pope Benedict will travel in the popemobile through Edinburgh in Scotland, from Holyrood Palace along Abbeyhill, Regent Road, Princes Street, Lothian Road, Tollcross and Morningside. His destination on the first afternoon of his visit is the official residence of Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

On the evening of Friday, September 17, the Pope will ride in his vehicle from Lambeth Palace, beginning around 5 p.m. and crossing Lambeth Bridge, traveling along Millbank, to arrive at the Palace of Westminster around 5:15. Organizers say that there will be minimal space along this route, and limited vantage points available for those wishing to catch a glimpse of Benedict XVI.

A larger window of opportunity for those hoping to see the Holy Father will be available the next day, as he travels through London beginning at 6 p.m. That evening, he will travel in the popemobile along Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Constitution Hill and Hyde Park Corner. At Hyde Park he will lead a Prayer Vigil from around 6:30 p.m.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols described the historical and contemporary significance of stops planned during the papal visit, the first undertaken to England and Scotland by a Pontiff in his capacity as a head of state. “From this country's point of view,” the archbishop remarked, “there are profound historic and cultural implications and ramifications for the visit.”

Archbishop Nichols predicted that “the image of Her Majesty The Queen welcoming Pope Benedict” and of the two “formally greeting each other,” will “resonate through the story of this land.” Another unprecedented and historic moment, he said, will occur “when the Pope enters Westminster Hall on the Friday to address politicians, diplomats” and “leaders of this society.”

In addition to these important state functions, Pope Benedict XVI plans to mark some of the spots associated with the history of the English Church, including the tumultuous events of the last 500 years. According to the archbishop, “The Pope will pause at the spot at which Saint Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor of England, was condemned to death in 1535 for his Catholic faith.”

Benedict XVI will be accompanied by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, as they go to pray at the tomb of St. Edward the Confessor, the canonized King of England who built Westminster Abbey. This moment in the Pope's journey, Archbishop Nichols remarked, would likewise “enable us . . . to reach back into the deeper roots” of the English people and their historic Catholic faith.

Pilgrims and residents hoping to see the Holy Father as he passes by in the vehicle are advised by the Metropolitan Police to make their preparations early, and to aim for the large central London routes “to avoid disappointment.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Jul
28

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Gospel
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »

Saint
Date
07/27/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Homily
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: