He may not be the most popular person in many parts of Britain, but the Pope is to visit the country later this year.

The Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, has announced that the Pope will visit Britain on Thursday 16th September and will stay until Sunday 19th September. It will be the first visit by a Pope to Britain since that of John Paul II in 1982.

Although it will be a state visit and the Pope, like the Queen, is a Head of State, there will be none of the usual grand pomp and ceremony which Britain often brilliantly puts on to welcome foreign leaders.

He will not stay in Buckingham Palace during his visit but will instead stay in Church accomodation, which is normal when the Pope visits foreign lands.

The Pope will arrive first in Scotland, where he will be received at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) in Edinburgh by the Queen and in London will give a speech to British civil society at Westminster Hall. He will also visit the West Midlands to beatify the nineteenth century theologian and educationalist Cardinal John Henry Newman at a public Mass in Coventry.

Other key elements of the visit will include a public Mass in Glasgow, a prayer vigil in London and an event focusing on education. Further details of the visit will be announced nearer the time.

England got its independence from the Church in Rome in 1534 when Henry VIII made himself Supreme Head of the Church of England, but still the Pope comes to, hypocritically, give the British his "moral advice", despite several allegations surrounding the Catholic Church. He has also caused dismay in Britain over his criticising of the British Government's equality legislation.

But as long as he stays away from Ibrox he'll probably be okay.

Pope to give 'moral guidance' during UK visit

Pope to give 'moral guidance' during UK visit

16 Mar 2010
The Telegraph

The Pope is to visit Britain in September at the invitation of the Queen, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

It will be the first Papal visit to Britain since 1982, when Pope John Paul II's six-day tour drew huge crowds.

In a historic move, it will also be the first ever official Papal visit to Britain. The 1982 trip was a pastoral one.

Pope Benedict XVI will make his visit between September 16 and 19.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the monarch's official residence in Scotland

He will be received by the Queen, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on September 16.

The Pontiff will also travel to Glasgow, London and Coventry during his four-day stay.

He confirmed last month in Rome that he was set to visit England and Scotland later in the year.

A young boy gets a better view in the crowds in 1982, the last time a Pope visited Britain

His remarks criticising aspects of Britain's equality legislation were greeted with outrage by secular campaigners.

During the visit the Pope will beatify the nineteenth century theologian and educationalist Cardinal John Henry Newman at a public mass in Coventry.

The visit will also include a public mass in Glasgow and a prayer vigil in London.

He will also meet the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace and pray with other church leaders at Westminster Abbey.

More details of the Pope's itinerary will be released closer to the time.

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