Scottish bishop: Pope is only coming for a few hours

Papst Franziskus steigt die Fluggastbrücke eines Flugzeugs hinab

Francis attends climate change summit in Glasgow in November

John Paul II and Benedict XVI. It has organized major open air services during its visits to Scotland. That probably won’t happen during Francis’ visit in November. The head of the church “will only be in Scotland for a few hours”.

Glasgow/Rome – 17.08.2021

A spokesman for the Scottish Episcopal Conference plans to provide further details. Pope visits climate summit in Glasgow in early November Called. A spokesman for the private Catholic media network “Catholic News Agency” (CNA/EWTN) told Tuesday that the Scottish bishop had not planned a public mass with the pope and expected only a very brief meeting with the head of the church. Had it. The Pope is arriving as a guest of the British government and will likely “only have a few hours to attend the COP26 conference in Scotland”.

Earlier, there was speculation in the British media about a possible large open-air church service with Pope Francis at Belhouston Park in Glasgow. There, in 2010 and 1982, his two predecessors, Benedict XVI. And John Paul II held a mass celebration. A spokesman for the Scottish bishops announced earlier in July that the pope would come but would remain in Scotland “only for a very short time”. The Vatican has yet to make a statement about Francis’ visit to Glasgow.

Speculations are being made about tourists for a long time.

For some time there has been speculation about the 84-year-old’s visit to Glasgow, the 26th conference of member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the “Conference of the Parties” – COP26 – for short. US Climate Protection Commissioner John Kerry said in mid-May – without details – after Francis’ visit that the Pope wanted to participate. A video message from the Pope to the participants of the conference will also be possible.

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The COP26 conference, already planned for 2020, was postponed due to the pandemic. Now the plan is from 1 to 12 November. (kna)

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