MADRID, 16 Sep.

Pope Benedict XVI visits the United Kingdom, from 16 to 19 September, which is its seventeenth apostolic trip outside Italy, on the occasion of the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman British (1801-1890), which will take place on Sunday 19 at 10.00 am in the town of Birmingham.

Among other events, the Pope will deliver a speech during his meeting with officials at the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh) city that will, according to the agenda, on Thursday at 10.30 am, where he will visit Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Subsequently, eat with the papal entourage at the residence of Archbishop of this city.

In the evening, in Glasgow, will celebrate Mass in Bellahouston Park. On his last visit outside Italy, where he traveled to Cyprus, Benedict focused his remarks during his homilies in the celebration of Christ's cross and called an effort to mimic the free love "of who offered himself for us on the altar of the cross, and who is both priest and victim. "

Pope Benedict XVI

The next day, Benedict XVI will have several meetings, for example, with the world of Catholic education in the chapel and the sports field and with leaders of other religions in the Waldregrave Drawin Room, both at St. Mary's University College London. Evening is planned ecumenical celebration in Westminster Abbey.

On Saturday, 18 am talk by both the British prime minister, David Cameron, as leader of the opposition in the Archbishop's Palace of Westminster. Then, will officiate a Mass at the Cathedral of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Moreover, the Vatican does not rule out that Pope Benedict XVI meets with victims of sexual abuse during his trip, though, should take place a meeting, "only report it after the meeting has concluded." So Europa Press reported it to Vatican sources, who pointed out that "this is the procedure to be followed in the last trip of the Pope, such as Malta, for example."

At the event, according to the Vatican by an official, Benedict XVI expressed "shame and sorrow for the victims and their families" and "made sure that the church is doing and will do everything possible to investigate complaints, bring to justice those responsible for abuses and implement effective measures to protect young people in the future. "

At that time, the Vatican has not announced the meeting until after it was over. Specifically, he did on April 23, five days after the meeting. The Pope has already met with victims in the past since the controversy erupted. The first time I did was on his way to the U.S..


The Pope will depart on Thursday from the airport of Ciampino (Italy) to reach the International Airport Edinburgh (United Kingdom) where he will arrive at 10.30 am.

During the day, the Pope will be received by Queen Elizabeth II, at 11.00 hours, which will welcome you to the UK. Then, at 11.40 am will attend a reception in the garden of the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh).

Furthermore, the Holy Father will have a private lunch with the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh and in the evening, at 17.15 preside over a Mass in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. Finally, at 20.00 depart by plane from Glasgow to Heathrow (London), where it will arrive at 21.45 hours. Android app