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22 July 2010

Welcome to our first e-Alert.

Since the launch of - the official site for Pope Benedict's visit to the UK in September, we've been making a lot of changes. There are new sections, fresh multimedia content and we've improved how you can interact with us.

Keep an eye on the site as we move closer to the Papal Visit this autumn. You will get the very latest at

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We have added new content to our Itinerary section.

Want to know where the Holy Father will be during his four-day journey? We have background information on all venues and events.

Perhaps you want to attend one of the three public celebrations? We have a new information section for Pilgrims.

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In this week's audio update we catch up with Fr Michael McAndrew. He's Clifton's Diocesan Papal Visit Co-ordinator and talks about how plans are moving along in the west of England.

Lord Patten, the Prime Minister's personal representative for the visit, visits Birmingham to view preparations for beatification of Cardinal Newman. Click to read more.

More in our News and Media section.

Check out our Parish Resources section.


The costs borne by the Church relate mainly to the substantial costs associated with holding three major public liturgical celebrations - one in Scotland and two in England, which together will accommodate over 400,000 people.

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