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Fifth Anniversary of Papal Visit to St Mary's

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Today, 17th September, marks the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's visit to St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He visited the University’s Strawberry Hill campus to lead three events during the second day of his four-day state visit, the first papal visit to the UK since 1982. In the first event of the day the Holy Father prayed with representatives of religious congregations, including those who have a charism for education and the history of education, in the University Chapel. He then went on to meet 3,500 school children and students to celebrate Catholic education at ‘The Big Assembly’ event. Finally, he met with religious leaders of various denominations and faiths in the Waldegrave Drawing Room to discuss religion and belief in our society. St Mary’s was specially selected by the Vatican for its first-rate facilities and location, and for the outstanding contribution the University has made to Catholic education during its 165 year history. Coverage of the events at St Mary's was broadcast to millions of people around the world and featured extensively in the local, national and international press.
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