Pope to travel along Hagley Road during visit to Birmingham
The Pope will make a journey along Hagley Road in Birmingham during his visit to the city, it has been confirmed.
A section of the road will be closed on Sunday, September 19, to allow worshippers without pilgrim passes for the mass at Cofton Park to catch a glimpse of the Pontiff.
Hagley Road is home to Birmingham Oratory, where Pope Benedict XVI will offer prayers at the shrine of Cardinal John Henry Newman and visit the room where he lived and worked for more than 40 years during the 19th century.
The joint statement released by West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council ends fears that those without passes to Cardinal Newman’s beatification could be left disappointed by the failure of the Pope to make an appearance in public.
Coun Alan Rudge, who is the council’s lead member for the Papal visit, said: “We are excited about hosting this momentous event which showcases the city on the international stage and playing our part to make it a great success.”
No details of the exact route have been available but letters will be sent to residents and businesses next week to outline plans for the visit.