Pope to visit Twickenham

1:14pm Friday 25th June 2010

By Chris Wickham

Pope Benedict XVI is to visit Twickenham in September.

Earlier this year the head of the Roman Catholic Church confirmed he would be coming to the UK - the first papal visit to the country since 1982.

It has been revealed he will visit St Mary’s University College on the morning of September 17.

The detailed itinerary states: “On the second day of the visit, Pope Benedict is going to St Mary's University College, Twickenham, where there will be three aspects to his visit.

“The first is that he begins the day praying with representatives of religious congregations - particularly those who have a charism for education and a history of education.

“He will then go and meet about 3,000 young people - schoolchildren, students - to celebrate Catholic education.

“From there he will then meet with religious leaders and people of religious faith.

“He will discuss with them religion and belief in our society.”

The Pope is expected to stay in the Apostolic Nunciature in Wimbledon Village, home of his representative in Britain, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, when he visits.

It was also used by Pope John Paul II during his visit almost 30 years ago.

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