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“As Chair of Governors of St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, I am delighted and honoured to welcome Pope Benedict on his first engagement in England. That he should come to St. Mary’s is appropriate as the College has been engaged in the formation of Catholic teachers for over 150 years.
Latterly, it has expanded its academic work and now prepares undergraduates for a wide range of professional careers. His Holiness will meet in the chapel with Religious who have education as their charism and with diocesan education officers. Then he will be driven in the Popemobile to meet with over 3500 schoolchildren for ‘The Big Assembly’. This will be streamed into schools via the internet and will be watched not only in the United Kingdom but also viewed by Catholic schools in Europe. Finally, the Pope will be taken to a different part of the campus where he will meet with men and women of different faiths who are influential in the social, political and economic life of our country. A wonderful privilege for St. Mary’s University College at the beginning of these historic days.”