Popemobile to be used in Hagley Road

By on 08/09/2010 in News

Councillor Alan Rudge, Birmingham City Council lead for the Papal visit and Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe of West Midlands Police have announced that the Pope will now be using a popemobile along a stretch of the Hagley Road to allow an additional opportunity to see him during his visit to Birmingham on 19 September.
 
This gives those people wishing to see him, but who are without a pilgrim pass for the mass, the opportunity to do so.
 
This will be the only part of his visit outside of Cofton Park where there is a chance for people to come and see His Holiness.

Councillor Rudge said: “We are very excited about hosting this historic event and have worked hard to ensure that people who want to see and welcome the Pope to our city have opportunity to do so.    It is a huge honour for Birmingham that Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to come the city and beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman.   Cardinal Newman is one of our greatest historic figures and had a profound effect on the city and its people through his work as a scholar, writer and poet which is still appreciated today.  But importantly as a pastor helping the most vulnerable and needy resulting in thousands of local people lining the route to his final resting place following his death in 1890.

The mass televised from Birmingham will be beamed around the world and will showcase our city and it’s great heritage to millions of people.

Councillor Rudge will be sending out letters to residents and businesses in the affected area outlining the popemobile plans in more detail so they can understand how they may be affected.

Sharon Rowe said: “Plans for the visit are now well on track and we are all looking forward to welcoming his Holiness to the city and seeing that everyone has an enjoyable day.”

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI made the following comments in relation to his forthcoming State visit to the United Kingdom:

“I am very much looking forward to my visit to the United Kingdom in a week's time and I send heartfelt greetings to all the people of Great Britain. I am aware that a vast amount of work has gone into the preparations for the visit, not only by the Catholic community but by the Government, the local authorities in Scotland, London and Birmingham, the communications media and the security services, and I want to say how much I appreciate the efforts that have been made to ensure that the various events planned will be truly joyful celebrations. Above all I thank the countless people who have been praying for the success of the visit and for a great outpouring of God's grace upon the Church and the people of your nation.

“It will be a particular joy for me to beatify the Venerable John Henry Newman in Birmingham on Sunday 19 September. This truly great Englishman lived an exemplary priestly life and through his extensive writings made a lasting contribution to Church and society both in his native land and in many other parts of the world. It is my hope and prayer that more and more people will benefit from his gentle wisdom and be inspired by his example of integrity and holiness of life.

“I look forward to meeting representatives of the many different religious and cultural traditions that make up the British population, as well as civil and political leaders. I am most grateful to Her Majesty the Queen and to His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury for receiving me, and I look forward to meeting them. While I regret that there are many places and people I shall not have the opportunity to visit, I want you to know that you are all remembered in my prayers. God bless the people of the United Kingdom!”

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