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Hyde Park | Cofton Park | Westminster Cathedral
The Papal Visit 2010
Pilgrims from St. Paul's Parish travelled to Hyde Park for the Vigil of Prayer and to Cofton Park, Birmingham for the Beatification Mass. Below are some of the photos taken by pilgrims.

Hyde Park, London

About thirty parishioners travelled to Hyde Park on a glorious day. We settled down as a group and prepared for the few hours wait. The time went by quickly as we were entertained to music, dance, singing and moving words from people who explained what their faith meant to them and how it had got them through difficult times.

The whole Vigil Service was very moving and emotional at times. The singing was beautiful but the most amazing moment was during the Adoration when the whole park of 80,000 people were in silence in the dark. It was truly awesome.

Pilgrims at Hyde Park
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Cofton Park, Birmingham

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Seven of us from St. Paul's joined with those from Worth and Crawley parishes and travelled by coach to Birmingham. Arriving at 4.30 am enabled us to get prime spots close to the front. Time passed quickly as the organisers played great music and put thought provoking thoughts from Cardinal Newman on the giant screens.

Overall, the pilgrimage was a really memorable experience. It was a privilege to be part of the Mass and the singing from the 2,000 strong choir was inspirational. The atmosphere in the park with 55,000 people of all ages present was very good natured.
The Popemobile passed immediately behind us. It was fantastic to see Pope Benedict pass by so close and gave us a great opportunity to take photos and video shots.

Pilgrims at Cofton Park

Beatification Mass

Westminster Cathedral

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Pope Benedict presided at the celebration of Mass in Westminster Cathedral. Can you spot Father Martin in these pictures?

In Westminster Cathedral
In Westminster Cathedral
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