Radio 4 marks the first ever State visit of a Pontiff.
Pope Benedict XVI will visit England and Scotland from 16-19 September 2010. This is the first visit by a Pontiff in 28 years, and the first ever State visit by a Pope.
Radio 4 has a series of special programmes to mark the visit.
“Learn to do thy part and leave the rest to Heaven.”Cardinal John Newman
Pope Benedict XVI was elected the 264th successor of St Peter on 19 April 2005. His Holiness is only the second non-Italian pope since 1522 - the other being his predecessor Pope John Paul II. To date, Pope Benedict has visited 15 countries.
The season will run over two weeks starting on September 3rd 2010.
Francis Campbell is British Ambassador to the Holy See. Ruth McDonald follows him during his preparations for the Pope's UK visit.
Broadcast: 11.00 - 11.30am, Friday 03/09/2010
Who is Pope Benedict XVI? Jane Little delves into his background to find out.
Broadcast: 7.00 - 7.15pm, Saturday 04/09/2010
When the Pope lands in Britain, what kind of Church will he find? Mark Dowd investigates how British Catholicism has changed since the last Papal visit.
Broadcast: 9.00 - 9.45am, Thursday 09/09/2010
Celebration of Evening Prayer with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and His Grace The Archbishop of Canterbury.
Broadcast: 6.15 - 7.00pm, Friday 17/09/2010
Edward Stourton with a special edition of the programme live from Cofton Park, Birmingham where Pope Benedict XVI with beatify Cardinal Newman. There will be news and analysis of the Pope's first state visit to Britain and experts will explain why the beatification of Newman is of personal importance to the Pope.
Broadcast: 7.10 - 7.55am, Sunday 19/09/2010
Live from Cofton Park, with school choirs from Coventry and Birmingham, in front of the thousands gathered on the grassy slopes near Newman's Oratory church, to celebrate the life Newman and prepare for the Papal Mass.
Broadcast: 8.10 - 8.55am, Sunday 19/09/2010
Edward Stourton presents the highlights of Cardinal Newman's Beatification, commentating on the ceremony and discussing Newman's journey towards sainthood.
Broadcast: 8.00 - 8.30pm, Sunday 19/09/2010
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