The Pope's Visit 2010

Radio 4 marks the first ever State visit of a Pontiff.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

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 Pope's Visit 2010: programmes

The season will run over two weeks starting on September 3rd 2010.

God's Ambassador

The British Embassy to the Holy See logo.

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



Profile: Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI.

Who is Pope Benedict XVI? Jane Little delves into his background to find out.

Broadcast: 7.00 - 7.15pm, Saturday 04/09/2010



The Pope's British Divisions

A Priest giving a blessing.

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



Evening Prayer from Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey.

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



Sunday Programme

Edward Stourton.

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


Sunday Worship

Birmingham Oratory.

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


Highlights of the Beatification of Cardinal Newman

John Henry Newman.

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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