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Saturday, September 25, 2010
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Pope Benedict In Birmingham

Monday, September 20, 2010
The Pontiff's final day in Britain began with a farewell to the Apostolic Nunciature. He then made his way to Wimbledon Park and an awaiting helicopter to be whisked away to Birmingham to celebrate a Mass of Beatification for John Henry Cardinal Newman. The Pope arrived to a 50,000 strong crowd at Cofton Park. At the beginning of his homily the Holy Father acknowledged the commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, praising the sacrifice offered in "courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology". He then turned to the life and example of Cardinal Newman and expressed his joy in formally raising him to the altars.

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The Beatification – A Pilgrim's Perspective

Monday, September 20, 2010
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Pope Benedict in London - Day 2

Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Holy Father began Saturday 18th September by meeting the leaders of the main political parties. It was his first opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, who has been mourning his father this week. Tomorrow, David Cameron will echo the Pope's address at Westminster Hall. Already, released extracts from a Joint Communiqué between HM Government and the Papal delegation, reveal that Mr. Cameron will declare that "faith is part of the fabric of our country. It always has been and it always will be. As you, your Holiness, have said ... faith is not a problem for legislators to solve … but rather a vital part of our national conversation. And we are proud of that."
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The Pope in London: A View from the Ground

Sunday, September 19, 2010
After the successful Scottish leg of the Papal visit, Londoners had a lot to live up to. The Pope's first day in the capital was certainly more focused on the State elements of this historic visit. Nevertheless the streets of London were full of pilgrims and gold and white certainly were evident throughout Westminster.

The Pope's second day in London had a more pastoral tone. The main pilgrim event was at Hyde Park, right in the heart of the big smoke. The Prayer Vigil on the eve of the beatification of Cardinal Newman was not only historic for its magnitude but also because a special act was passed to allow a religious event in the park. Read more

Pope Benedict in London - Day 1

Saturday, September 18, 2010
The Holy Father arrived in London on Thursday night and was greeted by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. He then travelled to the Apostolic Nunciature in Wimbledon. Read more

Pope Benedict in Glasgow

Friday, September 17, 2010
The Holy Father celebrated Mass in Bellahouston Park with 70,000 people in attendance. In his homily he once again addressed the "dictatorship of relativism" and called for a new evangelisation of culture. He held up the example of St. Ninian, who was "unafraid to be a lone voice" and again stressed the Christian heritage of Scotland, mentioning the three medieval universities founded by Popes.
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The Pope in Scotland: a view from the ground

Friday, September 17, 2010
After months of preparation, the day of the Pope’s visit to Scotland finally arrived, and things kicked off early in Edinburgh at St Albert’s University Chaplaincy, based in the Dominican Priory on George Square. Some students joined the friars at Lauds to prepare themselves spiritually for the long day ahead, and by 9:30 the chaplaincy common room was heaving with students and parishioners hoping to see the Pope. After a blessing from the Prior, Fr Tim Calvert, one group headed off down to Prince’s Street to see the St Ninian’s Day parade, which followed the route the Holy Father was later to take as he drove through the centre of Edinburgh in the Popemobile, and led the crowd gathered to see the Pope in celebration of St Ninian, Scotland’s first saint, on whose feast day Pope Benedict arrived in the country.

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The Pope's First Day in Britain

Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Holy Father has touched down in Scotland to begin his historic four-day State visit. He was greeted on arrival by the Duke of Edinburgh and an honour guard from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. He then travelled through Edinburgh to Her Majesty's official residence, Holyrood House, to be welcomed by the Queen to her realm. In his opening speech the Pope offered the "hand of friendship" to the whole of the UK. He reminded the country that it had been built on Christian values and commented that the name Holyrood refers to the Cross. The Holy Father called on the people of Britain to resist the "more aggressive forms of secularism". Read more

Papal Visit III: Newman and Oxford

Wednesday, September 08, 2010
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