Pope Benedict has been invited to the UK by Her Majesty The Queen making this an historic first ever State visit of a Bishop of Rome. There are, however, three key pastoral elements where Catholics and those who want to see the Holy Father in England and Scotland will be able to do so. This is a very different visit to that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 but organisers are doing everything they can to ensure as many people as possible can be with the Pope safely, securely and comfortably. Please read the information in this section to learn more about how many invitations will be issued and how pilgrims can make their interest known. The three large public gatherings will take place at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Hyde Park in London and Cofton Park in Birmingham.
This simple question and answer article should help you make your interest known if you wish to attend one of the public events of Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to the UK.
In this section you will find useful information on Bellahouston Park Click to visit
Each diocese in England and Wales has appointed a Diocesan Papal Visit Co-ordinator. These local co-ordinators are the key channel for passing on crucial infomation on how pilgrims can attend the two public celebrations that will take place during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK.