Where and When

Itinerary

Pope Benedict XVI visited England and Scotland on a four-day Papal visit from 16-19 September 2010. Click here for the full detailed timeline.

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In addition to the detailed event information below, there were several opportunities to see the Holy Father in Edinburgh and London travelling the streets in the Popemobile.

Thursday 16 September

Scotland

When Pope Benedict arrived in the UK, he visited Scotland where he was received by Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family and people representing British society in the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.

A St Ninian's Day Parade was organised through the streets of Edinburgh to mark this historic occasion.

Having met the Queen, the Pope will travelled to Glasgow where he celebrated an open-air Mass at Bellahouston Park in the evening and then he took a plane from Glasgow to London. The Holy Father was then based in London for the remainder of the visit.

Friday 17 September

London

On the second day of the visit, Pope Benedict went to St Mary's University College, Twickenham, where there were three aspects to his visit. He began the day praying with representatives of religious congregations - particularly those who have a charism for education and a history of education.

He then met 3,000 young people - schoolchildren, students - to celebrate Catholic education. From there he greeted religious leaders and people of religious faith in the Waldegrave Drawing Room - discussing with them religion and belief in our society.

Later in the day, the Pope met with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in the presence of the Anglican diocesan bishops and the Catholic diocesan bishops of England and Wales.

He was then invited, as part of the State visit, to address British society. Representatives of British society gathered in Westminster Hall to hear the Pope's address.

He then finished the day with the Archbishop of Canterbury and Christian leaders at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Evening Prayer. The Holy Father prayed at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior and also at the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor.

Saturday 18 September

London

On the third day of the visit, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass in Westminster Cathedral where he also greeted the people of Wales.

At the end of Mass, the Holy Father spent some time with over 2,500 young people gathered in the Piazza to welcome him.

Later in the day he visited St Peter's Residential Home for the elderly in Vauxhall, giving the Pope an opportunity to go to those who could not meet with him, and he was then present at an open air Vigil of prayer in London's Hyde Park.

Sunday 19 September

Birmingham

The final day of the visit focused very much on the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Cofton Park in Birmingham - adjacent, fittingly, to Rednal where Cardinal Newman was buried and the place where Newman and his community came for rest and recreation in the Lickey Hills.

The Holy Father then made a private visit to the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Edgbaston, Birmingham where he became the first person to pray at the new shrine for the "Blessed" John Henry Newman.

Pope Benedict concluded the day by meeting with the bishops of England, Scotland and Wales in Oscott College before returning to Rome from Birmingham International Airport.

Day One

16 September 2010

When Pope Benedict arrives in the UK, he will visit Scotland where he will be received by Her Majesty The Queen in the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.... Read more

Day Two

17 September 2010

On the second day the Holy Father is going to St Mary's University College, Twickenham, where he will pray with representatives of religious congregations -... Read more

Day Three

18 September 2010

On the third day of the visit, Pope Benedict will celebrate Mass in Westminster Cathedral where he will also greet the people of Wales. Later in the day he w... Read more

Day Four

19 September 2010

The final day of the visit is focused very much on the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, and the Pope will celebrate that beatification in Cofton... Read more