Patriarch Youssef

Patriarch's UK visit

22 10 2013
 Schedule for Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III
of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem
 and Sr Hanan Youssef of the Good Shepherd Sisters, Lebanon
15th October 2013 – 22nd October 2013
Tuesday, 15th October
11.15 His Beatitude, Gregorios III Laham and Sr Hanan Youssef arrive at London Heathrow at 11.15 to be met by John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need
13.00 Arrive at Holiday Inn Hotel, Sutton, Surrey.
15.30 Transfer to ACN office for introduction to Neville Kyrke-Smith– ACN National Director and staff members
16.45 His Beatitude interviewed by Emily Buchanan of the BBC in ACN chapel
19.00 Evening meal at Il Toscano restaurant, Sutton with ACN staff and local clergy
Wednesday, 16th October
10.00 Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary, Sutton, celebrated by Fr James McGillicuddy. His Beatitude reads the Gospel and preaches the sermon.
12.30 Eucharist, celebrated by Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby in Lambeth Palace Chapel. His Beatitude sings the Communion hymn while members of the Lambeth Palace staff receive the sacraments.
13.00 His Beatitude meets Archbishop Justin Welby at a private lunch.
14.15 Meeting with Roman Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster.
15.00 Press Conference for His Beatitude and Sr Hanan, chaired by Archbishop Nichols in the Library of Archbishop’s House, Westminster.
17.00 Meeting of His Beatitude and Sr Hanan in the House of Lords, Westminster, with Baroness Warsi, Minister for Human Rights and Freedom of Religious Belief.
Thursday, 17th October
09.30 Television interview for His Beatitude at Sky News, Millbank
11.00 Parliamentary Briefing of Peers and MPs by His Beatitude and Sister Hanan at the House of Lords
Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth chairs the meeting.
13.15 Lunch – meeting with ACN staff and benefactors at the Institute of Civil Engineering, 1 Great George Street, London.
15.00 His Beatitude interviewed by Martin Palmer at the Methodist International Centre for a BBC Sunday Worship programme to be broadcast in Lent 2014.
Friday, 18th October
10.30 His Beatitude gives a televised interview to John Pontifex at the ACN Sutton headquarters. 
13.00 Lunch with Sister Hanan and the ACN team at The Old Fire Station, Southwark
15.00 Meeting with Roman Catholic Archbishop Peter Smith at Archbishop’s House, Southwark
Saturday, 19th October
10.30 – 11.30 Solemn Mass at Westminster Cathedral in the Presence of His Beatitude -  Main celebrant – Canon Christopher Tuckwell
11.55 – 12.00 Welcome – Neville Kyrke-Smith of ACN
12.00 – 12.10 Angelus + Prayer for England (Fr Martin Tuckwell) 
12.10 – 12.55 Talk by His Beatitude
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH in the Archbishop’s Library for His Beatitude, clergy and staff
14.00 – 14.30 Talk by Sister Hanan Youssef
14.30 – 14.50 ‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ Launch and summary by John Pontifex (Head of Press & Information)
14.50 – 15.30 Panel Questions and Answers
15.30 – 15.35 Closing Prayer + Blessing
16.00 His Beatitude gives 3 interviews to Lebanese and Iranian television and radio stations
Sunday, 20th October
Melkite Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy at St Barnabas Church, Pimlico, presided over by His Beatitude, who also preaches the sermon.
Concelebrants Frs Shafiq Abouzayd, Robert Gibbons, John Salter and Dn Richard Downer
Talk on ACN and Syria – Dr John Newton.
13.00 Lunch hosted by Father Shafiq Abouzayd with Melkite parishioners and clergy at Leyalina Restaurant.
18.50 Flight from Heathrow to Glasgow, Scotland
20.30 To Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Glasgow.
Monday, 21st October
09.30 Mass at Poor Clares’ Convent, St Bride’s, Bothwell. Celebrant Fr Thomas Doyle. His Beatitude reads the Gospel and preaches the sermon
AM Meeting with the Poor Clares.
11.00 To ACN headquarters, Motherwell to meet Lorraine McMahon, Head of Operations for ACN in Scotland.
11.15 His Beatitude gives a telephone interview to Fr Len Black for Moray Firth Radio.
13.00 Lunch with Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti and ACN staff at the Piccolo Mondo Restaurant, Glasgow.
18.00 Meeting with Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs at the Scottish Parliament.
19.00 Mass celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti at Christ the King Church, Glasgow. His Beatitude preaches the sermon.
20.30-22.30 Conference in Church Hall. His Beatitude and Sister Hanan speak and answer questions.
Tuesday, 22nd October
09.35 Flight from Glasgow to London Heathrow
15.25 His Beatitude’s flight departs for Germany