Papal Events

Events Timeline

This is the full detailed schedule for the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK. Background detail on the venues can be found in our Itinerary section.

Thursday, 16 September

08:10 Departure from Ciampino Airport Rome
10:30 Arrival at Edinburgh International Airport Edinburgh
11:00 State Welcome and Audience with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Palace of Holyrood House  
11:40

State Reception in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House

Address: HM The Queen
Address: The Holy Father

 
13:00 Private Lunch with the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Archbishop's House  
17:15

Pope Benedict XVI presides at the celebration of Mass, Bellahouston Park

Homily: The Holy Father

Glasgow
20:00 Departure from Glasgow Airport for London Heathrow  
21:25 Arrival at London Heathrow Airport London

Friday, 17 September

08:00 Private Celebration of Mass in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature London
10:00

Celebration of Catholic Education, St Mary's University College, Twickenham

Prayer with Representatives of Religious Congregations in St Mary's Chapel

Greeting: The Holy Father

Gathering with Schoolchildren and Students, Sports Arena, including the inauguration of the John Paul II Institute for Sport

Address: The Holy Father

 
11:30

Meeting with Religious Leaders and People of Faith, Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary's University College, Twickenham.

Speech: The Holy Father

 
16:00

Fraternal Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace

Speech: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Speech: The Holy Father

 
17:10

Address to Civil Society, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster

Speech: The Holy Father

 
18:15

Celebration of Evening Prayer, Westminster Abbey

Speech: The Holy Father
Speech: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

 

Saturday, 18 September

09:00 Courtesy Call from the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Archbishop's House, Westminster London
09:20 Courtesy Call from the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Archbishop's House, Westminster  
09:30 Courtesy Call from the Acting Leader of HM Opposition, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, Archbishop's House, Westminster  
10:00

Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Westminster

Pope Benedict will greet 2,500 young people gathered in the Piazza to welcome him

Pope Benedict will greet the people of Wales

Greeting and Homily: The Holy Father

 
17:00

Visit to St Peter's Residence for Older People, Vauxhall

Speech: The Holy Father

 
18:15

Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Hyde Park

Speech: The Holy Father

 

Sunday, 19 September

08:00 Farewell to the Apostolic Nunciature, Wimbledon London
08:45 Departure by Helicopter for Birmingham, Wimbledon Park  
09:30 Arrival by Helicopter in Birmingham Birmingham
10:00

Celebration of Mass with the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Cofton Park, Birmingham

Homily and Angelus: The Holy Father

 
13:10 Private Visit to the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Edgbaston, Birmingham  
13:45 Lunch with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales and the Papal Entourage, Oscott College  
16:45

Meeting with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, Seminary Chapel, Oscott College

Speech: Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien
Speech: Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Speech: The Holy Father

 
18:15

Departure Ceremony, Birmingham International Airport

Speech: The Holy Father

 
18:45 Departure by air from Birmingham International Airport  
22:30 Arrival at Ciampino Airport Rome

Time Zones

Rome: +2 GMT

UK: +1 GMT

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