The representative of Pope Benedict XVI in Britain is to visit the Archdiocese of Liverpool from Friday 18 November to Monday 21 November 2011.
His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini is the Apostolic Nuncio and the Holy See's Ambassador to the Court of St James. His visit is at the invitation of the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, and is timed to coincide with the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday 20 November, the Patronal Feast of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Archbishop Patrick Kelly says of the visit: ‘Saint Peter was given the command by the Lord to confirm his brother apostles. The visit of Archbishop Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, sent to us by the successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, will affirm and encourage us especially by confirming our communion with the Holy Father and so with the Church throughout the world.’
Archbishop Mennini will arrive in Liverpool on Friday morning, 18 November, and will have lunch with archdiocesan staff at the Liverpool Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation. In the afternoon he will visit Nugent Care’s Geel and Hitchen Court and St Joseph’s Residential Home before meeting with staff at Nugent Care’s main office on Edge Lane, Liverpool. On Friday evening he is to travel to St Mary’s, Lowe House, St Helens for a celebration of Evening Prayer with the Animate Youth Ministries Team at 6.30 pm.
On Saturday morning, 19 November, at 11.00 am Archbishop Mennini will return to St Helens to the Shrine of Blessed Dominic Barberi at Sutton. Blessed Dominic Barberi, who is buried at Sutton, was the nineteenth century Passionist Priest who received Blessed John Henry Newman into the Roman Catholic Church. At 12.00 noon the Archbishop will celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Monastery in Honeysgreen Lane, Liverpool, with Carmelite Sisters from the three monasteries in the Archdiocese.
At 5.00 pm Archbishop Mennini will preach at a celebration of Evening Prayer for the Feast of Christ the King at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. The Service will be ecumenical with many of the Church Leaders from Merseyside and Lancashire attending, and it is open to all. Afterwards the Church Leaders will have an opportunity to meet with the Apostolic Nuncio before attending a concert in the Cathedral Crypt Concert Room at 7.30 pm.
On Sunday, 20 November, the Feast of Christ the King, Archbishop Mennini will celebrate and preach at the 11.00 am Solemn Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, on the Patronal Feast Day of the Cathedral. The Mass will be attended by Civic Dignitaries from throughout the region but all are welcome to attend.
On Sunday afternoon at 3.00 pm the Archbishop will travel to St Mary’s church, Leyland, for a celebration of Evening Prayer with members of Religious Orders from throughout the Archdiocese. Again, all are welcome to attend this celebration.
On Monday, 21 November, the Apostolic Nuncio will celebrate the 7.00 am Mass at Our Lady of the Annunciation church, Bishop Eton, Liverpool and will then meet with and be the guest of Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University, before returning to London.