1.10pm Private visit to the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Edgbaston, BirminghamWhat seems to be different from visits elsewhere is the amount of time the Pope will spend with our Bishops, I don't know how much will be broadcast or even made public.
1.45pm Lunch with the bishops of England, Scotland and Wales and the papal entourage, Oscott College, Sutton Coldfield
4.45pm Meeting with the bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, seminary chapel, Oscott College, Sutton Coldfield
6.15pm Departure ceremony, Birmingham International airport
6.45pm Departure by air from Birmingham International airport
10.30pm Arrival at Ciampino airport, near Rome
I am sure for the bishops this visit which in so many ways has been a triumph will bolster their faith and courage to "Speak the Truth in Love". Like priests bishops today are so often surrounded by failure and discouragement, in fact maybe even more so, it is with them after all that the buck stops. They are the one's who have say to parishes, "I haven't a priest to send you", and to deal with priests aagainst whom there are allegations. It is good for bishops to receive cheers.
It is also good for them to see Mass and other liturgies celebrated well, even using a little Latin but more importantly where the liturgy itself is allowed to speak to hearts.
What the Pope will say to our bishops will probably echo what he said at the Ad Limina visit but with a little more force.