Visit of Pope Benedict to England and Scotland
The Southwark Supplement
Seminarians' photo-call with the Holy Father
On Sunday evening, 19th September, after the Holy Father had addressed the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland at St Mary's College, Oscott, and said farewell to them, he was driven to Birmingham Airport for his return flight to Rome.
Time, however, for him to be greeted enthusiastically by the seminarians of England, Wales and Scotland. They had taken part in the Beatification Mass at Cofton Park and now had their photo taken with him.
The Holy Father drove away with with their song 'Ad multos annos vivat' (May he live for many years) ringing in his ears.
Archbishop Peter welcomes the Holy Father to Hyde Park
The Holy Father travelled in the popemobile for most of his journey from St Peter's Residence to Hyde Park. A huge crowd lined the route which took him up The Mall (decorated with alternate Union Flags and Papal Flags) and along Constitution Hill to Hyde Park Corner.
80,000 people were waiting in the Park. During the afternoon, a
presentation on 'the heart of the Church', had been sponsored by CAFOD
and produced in collaboration with the Catholic Enquiry Office.
'We have come from all over Britain to share this historic moment with you and to celebrate and rejoice in the truth that God loves every human being unconditionally, irrespective of race, colour or creed. With you this evening we witness to the joy of being a follower of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, who stands at the door of every heart patiently waiting to be let in.'
Southwark Youth with diocesan banner at Hyde Park
of Southwark's young pilgrims with the diocesan banner in Hyde Park
ready for the banner procession before the Holy Father's arrival.
Holy Father's visit to St Peter's Residence, Vauxhall
The Holy Father's visit to St Peter's Residence, Vauxhall, in the early evening of Saturday, 18th September, was a lovely occasion.He was greeted by Archbishop Peter and welcomed by Sr Marie Claire of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
He made a short visit to the chapel on his arrival and proceeded to the hall for the welcome. His gift to St Peter's Residence was a mosaic of St Peter.
Having met many of the residents, including elderly priests, with some of the Sisters and the staff in the hall, the Holy Father visited the rooms of three residents, who would not otherwise have seen him.
The previous warning that Meadow Road would be closed did not prevent a crowd gathering to greet the Holy Father. He left the grounds of St Peter's Residence and crossed the road to meet them.
A most memorable occasion, which demonstrated the
Holy Father's pastoral concern for the elderly.
Representing the Youth of Southwark
After the Papal Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 18th September, the Holy Father was greeted by 2,500 young people from around England, Wales and Scotland gathered in the cathedral piazza.
Southwark's youth contingent numbered over 180 in the piazza with 20 in the banner procession.
Representing the young people of Southwark on the steps of the Cathedral was Oghengaren Abel-Unokan. She is a parishioner of Virgo Fidelis Parish, Upper Norwood.
The 'Big Assembly' at St Mary's University College, Twickenham
The Holy Father's first event in England was a celebration of Catholic Education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, on Friday morning, 17th September. It was attended by 4,000 school children and students, assembled in the Sports Arena.
In the picture the Holy Father receives a bouquet form one of the children from St Elizabeth's School in Richmond welcoming him. The bouquet was made by one of the parents.
Christine Brett, Headteacher at St Elizabeth's, was one of the organisers of this event, which was screened in schools throughout England, Wales and Scotland to an estimated audience of a million young people.
At the event, the Holy Father opened the John Paul II Institute for Sport.
First glimpse of the Holy Father in Southwark
The Holy Father flew from Glasgow to London Heathrow on Thursday evening, 16th September, after his Mass at Bellahouston Park.
He was driven to the Apostolic Nunciature in Wimbledon, where he will stay as the guest of the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, for the duration of his visit.
The crowd holding a Vigil on Wimbledon Common, opposite the Nunciature, were delighted to get this glimpse of him at the window. (Photo: AP)
On Saturday, 18th September 2010, during the Holy Father's visit to St Peter's Residence in Vauxhall, Mgr Matthew Dickens, Vicar General and Chancellor of the diocese, will present the Holy Father with this embroidered gift on behalf of the people of the diocese.
was decided to commission textile artist Anne Kelly to design and make a
framed embroidery piece as the Southwark diocesan presentation to the
Holy Father on his visit to England.
Archbishop Peter to accompany the Pope throughout his Visit
From the moment he lands at Edinburgh International Airport at 10:30am on Thursday, 16th September, the Holy Father has a punishing schedule, which would be daunting for a far younger person. The Pope is 83.
During his liturgies and meetings he is expected to give fifteen homilies, addresses and speeches.
Supporting him on the whole of his itinerary
will be his own personal entourage, visiting prelates and the
Archbishops of England and Scotland.
on Friday, 17th September
on Saturday, 18th September
on Sunday, 19th September
The Auxiliary Bishops will attend some of these events.
14,000 Southwark pilgrims receive pilgrim passes ...
... to Hyde Park
Nearly 12,200 pilgrims from the Southwark diocese have been sent their Pilgrim Packs and Passes for the Vigil of Prayer with the Holy Father at Hyde Park on Saturday, 18th September. It is expected that this number will increase as the diocesan colleges and schools take up their allocations.
Pilgrims are asked to gather in the arena by 2:00 pm. There will be a programme of dance, mime and movement until 4:00 pm when there will be a 1,200 strong procession of banners, representing the diverse geography, ministry, social outreach and vibrancy of the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Scotland.
The pilgrims will, no doubt, be in good voice for the hymns during the Entrance Procession. This will be followed by a presentation on 'the heart of the Church' - 'A heart that sees ... serves ... seeks justice ... and understands'. reflecting on Cardinal Newman's motto: 'Heart speaks unto heart'.
Pope Benedict will arrive at 6:30 pm in the Popemobile. He will be welcomed by Archbishop Peter and lead Evening Prayer, which will include a Liturgy of the Word, a homily by the Holy Father, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
The Vigil is expected to end by 9:00 pm.
The full Vigil is included in the Magnificat booklet on page 231
...to Cofton Park, Birmingham
And just a few hours later, 40 coaches from around the Southwark diocese will be leaving taking nearly 2000 pilgrims to Cofton Park, Birmingham, for the Mass of Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman on Sunday 19th September. Coach departure times vary between midnight and 2:45 am.
The Beatification Mass will be at 10:00 am. At the end of the Mass, the Holy Father will deliver his weekly Angelus address and pray the Angelus with those present and all who are participating through television, radio or the internet.
The full Beatification Mass is in the
Magnificat booklet on page 264
Places in Southwark associated with the visit
The Apostolic Nunciature
He will be staying at the Apostolic Nuciature overlooking Wimbledon
Common for the duration of his visit, where the Apostolic
Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, will be his host.
At 4:00 pm on Friday, 17th September, the Holy Father will visit Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
There, together with the Catholic bishops, he will meet with the Anglican bishops of England and Wales.
Stephen Langton is thought to have been the first Archbishop to have lived there in the thirteenth century.
Saint Peter's Residence
5:00 pm on Saturday, 18th September, the Holy Father will visit Saint
Peter's Residence in Vauxhall.
St Peter's Residence is a residential home for the elderly run by the
Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, founded by St Jeanne Jugan in 1839, came
to England in 1851 and moved to their present site in Meadow Road in
They also run a day centre there.
At 5:00 pm on Saturday, 18th September, the Holy Father will visit Saint Peter's Residence in Vauxhall.
St Peter's Residence is a residential home for the elderly run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, founded by St Jeanne Jugan in 1839, came to England in 1851 and moved to their present site in Meadow Road in 1863.
They also run a day centre there.
And a tenuous link with the Raphael tapestries on loan to the V&A ...
In 1515, when Raphael was at the height of his fame, Pope Leo X commissioned him to prepare designs (cartoons) for a series of ten tapestries to hang in the Sistine Chapel. The tapestries were to be scenes from the lives of St Peter and St Paul. The cartoons were sent to Brussels where the tapestries were woven in wool, silk and gilt-metal thread. They were cut into strips and the tapestries woven from the rear making the tapestries mirror images of the cartoons.
The Vatican Museums have loaned four of these tapestries to the Victoria and Albert Museum as an accompaniment to mark the visit to Britain by Pope Benedict XVI. For the first time they are exhibited together with the cartoons which are in the Royal Collection.
In 1623, the cartoons were acquired by Charles I, while the Prince of Wales, who wished to have his own set woven in the Thames-side tapestry workshops in Mortlake. The Flemish tapestries are considered to have greater vivacity than the Mortlake tapestry of the Miraculous Draught of Fishes (also in the exhibition) from 100 years later.
Photo: Tapestry of the Miraculous Draught of Fishes © Vatican Museums