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Vatican confirms papal visit to Britain

September trip is officially announced

By on Monday, 5 July 2010

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  • David Simpson

    122 Kent House Road
    Kent BR3 1JY
    11 July 2010
    Dear Sir

    Papal Visit to the UK

    The organisers have done their best to ensure as few as Catholics as possible can see the Pope in person. The details of the arrangements for attending the two main public events were sent to all Parish Priests last Friday (9 July). The Priests are expected to return the numbers requiring passes to the public events by Tuesday 13 July.

    We are told by the church leaders that this is a state visit and therefore quite different from the last Papal Visit some thirty years ago.

    Is not the prime purpose of the Pope’s visit to strengthen the faith of his flock? And the beatification of John Henry Newman presents him and us with a wonderful opportunity to do so. But numbers are apparently limited because of health and safety issues.

    We should be encouraging all Catholics to affirm their faith publicly by attending the Papal Visit events. This should be a massive demonstration of our faith in this increasingly secular world.

    Yours faithfully

    David Simpson