Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Pope is Coming!

Interest and excitement is growing in the Diocese as the Papal Visit approaches. It is good to note that our diocesan quota for pilgrims to Hyde Park, London is full, and the quota for Cofton Park, Birmingham is also nearly full. There may be the odd spare place here and there so if a parish does have spaces then pilgrims still have till Thursday evening to register with their parish.

The Diocesan involvement with the visit begins on Friday morning when 130 school children and teachers attend St Mary's University College for a very special School Assembly with the Pope and some 3,000 other school representatives from around England and Wales.

Saturday morning sees over 100 young people from the Diocese going to Westminster Cathedral to be greeted by Pope Benedict. They will join hundreds of others from the Diocese in Hyde Park for a Vigil of Prayer which the Pope will end with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction assisted by Deacon Gerard Hatton from Weybridge parish.

Other pilgrims from the Diocese will join the Pope on Sunday morning for the Mass of Beatification of the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman in Birmingham.

They will be long days for all the pilgrims but they will be part of something they will never forget.

Finally our Bishop, Kieran Conry will join with all the other Bishops of England and Wales in meeting with the Pope at Oscott College in Birmingham.

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