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Popemobile’s route through London is unveiled

By on Monday, 6 September 2010

The popemobile, pictured here in Paris in 2008, will take two trips in London (Photo: CNS)

The popemobile, pictured here in Paris in 2008, will take two trips in London (Photo: CNS)

The police and the Church have jointly announced the route along which crowds can see the Pope as he travels through London on his popemobile.

The route will be the one chance for Londoners to see the Pope without having bought tickets for any of the papal events.

The first trip in the popemobile will be in the evening of Friday September 17, and will take the Pope from his meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace to an audience with politicians and leaders of British society at Westminster Hall. He will go from Lambeth Palace to Westminster Hall via Lambeth Bridge and along Millbank, on the north side of the Thames.

Then, in the early evening on Saturday September 18, the popemobile will take the Pope to the prayer vigil at Hyde Park, travelling along the edge of St James’s Park on Horse Guards Road, and then the Mall, before going past Buckingham Palace into Green Park. He will be driven up Constitution Hill, through the park, and on past Hyde Park Corner.

The Metropolitan Police said that while “security issues will be paramount”, the popemobile’s routes “are designed with the aim of affording the public the best possible opportunity of seeing Pope Benedict”. The police also advised those wishing to see the Pope to “plan their trips will in advance and head for the central London popemobile routes to avoid disappointment”.

After the Hyde Park Vigil, the Pope then departs for Birmingham on Sunday morning, for the beatification of Cardinal Newman at Cofton Park.

  • Karen

    Looks like it will be a great time for all. Looking forward to going to Bellahouston park Glasgow on Thursday 16th.

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  • Kevin Greenan

    It would be great if the media couls give some positive reporting the forthcoming visit of Pope Benedict. With many friends we are planning to be on the popemobile routes in London to cheer and welcome the Holy Father. It is ironic that many who are critical of the visit are planning to protest – especially about the security costs, they are causing the costs! Catholics pay taxes too, he is here on a State and pastoral visit. The world will be watching and hundreds of millions of Catholics around the world should not witness an intolerant Britain.

  • Confused

    When does the vigi actually start? I have tickets and no info!

  • Dom

    Catholics also donate money to the church, so why can't they fund it? The reason I and many others feel so passionate about going and protesting is that my money is paying for a visit by someone who defends paedophiles, supports holocaust deniers, and helps spread HIV. How dare they spend our taxes on that, we supposedly live in a democracy and considering less than 5% of the population are catholic why on earth am I paying for this visit?

  • Daniel Mark Hayes

    How many in this country are American citizens? Yet there is no whiff of a protest about a state visit of Barak Obama. Just admit it, you hate Catholicism. Oh and why is it ok for my tax money to fund abortion clinics, proping up an Afghan regime that persecutes Christians and teaching 5 year olds how to have sex?

  • Jacqui Campbell

    Whilst I agree with most of your comment, I need to point out that your last point is incorrect. 5 year olds are not being taught how to have sex.

  • Xanroos

    Pope is not just a head of an institute, but also of a state. And went the Queen goes to the Vaticant, who put up the bill. Please lets leave politic to politicians, the mentality that everyone is able can be deminishing if not use wisely. Mouth it only if its your speciality and quiet if its Alien. And i tell you what, that's my tax well spend.