How can I see the Pope in the UK?

Pope Benedict in the Popemobile

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.

What public events can I attend during the Papal Visit?

There are three public celebrations taking place between 16-19 September:

Bellahouston Park, Glasgow
16 September
Mass - Afternoon

Hyde Park, London
18 September
Prayer Vigil - Evening

Cofton Park, Birmingham
19 September
Beatification of Cardinal Newman - Morning

Will there be any other opportunities to see the Holy Father?

In addition to the public events, there will be opportunities to see the Holy Father in Edinburgh and London travelling the streets in the Popemobile. The finalised routes will be released in due course.

How do I register my interest?

Speak to your local parish priest as soon as possible. He should be in touch with his Diocesan Papal Visit Co-ordinator and can explain how you can join a parish group.

Can I travel to an event on my own?

No, unfortunately not. You must be attached to a group from a Catholic parish to attend one of the public celebrations. Each group will be assigned a PILGRIM LEADER. The Pilgrim Leader will be present at the security points and will be able to vouch for the members of their group.

How will I gain access to the venue?

Each pilgrim will receive a PILGRIM PACK. This will contain a PILGRIM PASS. This pass will allow you to enter the park for the public celebration.

How do I travel to Birmingham for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman?

Travel to Cofton Park in Birmingham is by coach only. This is to ensure pilgrims can be accounted for easily and it will help you pass through security quickly and comfortably. Again, contact your local parish priest to register your interest. He will liaise with your Diocesan Papal Visit Co-ordinator who will then arrange a coach through the central Papal Visit office.

How do I travel to London for the Hyde Park Prayer Vigil?

Pilgrims will need to use public transport to attend the Hyde Park Prayer Vigil on 18 September. Again, you will need to be attached to a parish group with a Pilgrim Leader.


Final Pilgrim Leader Guidance

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Guide to Bellahouston Park

All the information you need for the first Papal Mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on Thursday, 16 September. Read more


Guide to Hyde Park

All the information you need for the Evening Vigil in Hyde Park on Saturday 18 September. Read more


Guide to Cofton Park

All the information you need for the beatification of Cardinal Newman at Cofton Park, Birmingham can be found here. Read more